The duo of Schryer & Dobres — fiddler Pierre Schryer and guitarist Adam Dobres — are coming to the Peace Region and bringing an interesting mix of styles in an intimate performance.
Based largely in Celtic music, the two carry a wide range of influences.
“It’s authentic Irish music, as well as French Canadian — that’s my background. Adam’s great, he’s got a lot of European influence, so he’s introduced to me to a bit of swing, gypsy jazz, and also wonderful compositions of his own as well,” says Schryer. “It’s quite a variety of music.”
Schryer is a Franco-Ontarian fiddler — recently moved to Victoria, BC from Thunder Bay, Ontario — who’s received a number of titles and awards over the years including Canadian Open Fiddle Champion, Grand Masters Champion, Violoneux Championnat, and North American Irish Fiddle Champion, and is a JUNO and Canadian Folk Music Award nominee.
The other half of the duo is Dobres, an accomplished guitarist well versed in a variety of styles from bluegrass to celtic to rock — you name it. He’s toured around the world, playing with a wide range of artists.
“We’re going to do some beautiful collaborations between guitar and fiddle,” says Schryer
The two have played together for about a decade.
“I think we have a great approach to how we present. He’s a hard worker as much as I am, in all elements in presenting,” Schryer explains.
“Musically, people will see the magic that happens when we kind of communicate that friendship on stage as well, where we don’t always have everything too tight in arrangements, we let a lot of it communicate as the moment appears.”
Right now, the duo are embarking on a series of Home Routes concerts — either literally in a house or in a small community venue — across the BC Peace and Northern Alberta.
The intimacy of such venues appeals to Schryer, who has played in concert halls and with orchestras.
“You get a direct response. On the stage that’s pretty big, you don’t get the smiling faces and the direct response you visually see as well. You have people two and half feet or three feet from your performing space, and that’s pretty cool to have that level of intimacy. We love it, it’s really awesome.”
While he has never been to many of the places on this tour before, Schryer’s looking forward to seeing more of Canada.
“It’s a great way to know your country a bit, and to meet the people that are local there.”
Tuesday, the two hit the Dawson Creek Art Gallery with a show starting at 7:30 pm. The following night — Wednesday — they make their way to the Tumbler Ridge Community Centre for a 7 pm show.