Boyd Benjamin & Kevin Barr
Canadian / Yukon
Date: Sunday, July 8th at 1:00pm 2017
Location: Beach Stage
Known as the “Flying Gwitch’in Fiddler”, traditional fiddler and commercial pilot Boyd Benjamin comes from a long line of fine Gwitch’in musicians. As Boyd says, “my grandfather Peter Benjamin was a fiddler. Fiddling is in my blood already, I see myself continuing to pass it on”. Boyd’s family immersion in the fiddle music of the north combined with formal training in school, eventually leading him to develop an extensive repertoire that features a staggering gamut of songs, styles, and techniques. His performing highlights include performing with musicians Buffy Sainte-Marie, Ashley MacIsaac, Fred Penner and Tom Jackson, as well as performing at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. Boyd’s captivating and energetic stage presence is infused with charm and grace that forges instant fondness. His lively tunes lift spirits.
Kevin Barr first picked up a guitar at the age of 9 and has been playing professionally for the past 35 years. His repertoire is vast and varied, from 3 tours in Europe with Yukon’s bluegrass band Undertakin Daddies to opening for the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, BJ Thomas and Ian Tyson. Kevin is a well known face at festivals across Canada and the US along with sharing album credits on many prestigious recordings.