Richard Moody - Violin/Viola/Vocals
Photo by Tamea Burd
A veteran of the Canadian music scene, Richard Moody has delved into almost every style a string player can. After an education in classical viola at the University of Manitoba and the Conservatoire Nationale de Musique in Caen, France, he co-founded the folk-rock group Acoustically Inclined, garnering national acclaim.
He has since performed and/or recorded with the Wailin Jennys, the Bills, Joel Fafard, Jane Siberry, Cari Burdett, Glenn Buhr, Paris to Kyiv, the Wyrd Sisters and the Manitoba Chamber orchestra, among many others.
Richard’s current projects include a jazz quartet, with which he has recorded: “Explorations on Jazz Violin”, slated for release in 2021. And his most personal and passionate work is entitled “Tobacco and Rose”, a collection of songs and music in reverence to the natural world. Look for the debut recording in 2022.
When not working in studio or on tour, Richard is a resident of Victoria, British Columbia, and spends much of his home time practicing and teaching yoga.
Brooke Maxwell - Keyboards/Sax/Vocals
Brooke Maxwell is a freelance musician, composer, arranger and educator based in Victoria. A musician since arriving here, his collaboration with Jacob Richmond led to the creation of the acclaimed Ride the Cyclone (and its recent Chicago, Off-Broadway NY, Seattle & Atlanta debuts.) He has gone on to underscore and sound design several local and national works (Gruff [Puente Theatre], And Slowly Beauty [Belfry Theatre, National Arts Centre, Tarragon Theatre] A Tender Thing [Belfry Theatre] The Glass Menagerie, A Long Day’s Journey into Night [Bluebridge Theatre] Joan [Theatre SKAM] Busted Up [Open Pit Theatre], Il Trittico (Pacific Opera Victoria). He is excited for the release of his first album as producer, the long awaited Ride the Cyclone soundtrack, which will be released and distributed by Warner Brothers this spring. When it is Covid-ly possible, you can find him performing locally at Pagliacci’s Restaurant, Esquimalt United Church or Hermann’s Jazz Bar.
Peter Dowse - Bass Guitar/Vocals
Chris Frye - Guitar/Vocals
After debuting in the 1970s as a six-year-old spoons player for his father’s old-time, Kootenay-based stringband, Chris discovered Beatle magic through his parents’ original vinyl collection. Intrigued, a pre-teen Frye later scoured Vancouver record shops for the complete Fab Four catalog and proceeded to giddily immerse himself and that seemingly endless, inspiring and diverse collection of songcraft perfection. When he moved to Victoria in 1995, Chris came musical full circle, co-founding acoustic folk/roots ensemble The Bills, who have taken plenty of lessons out of the Beatle book. JUNO nominations and WCMA awards have followed, along with a solo career and plenty of swing jazz with the Marc Atkinson Trio and others – but the chance to be a part of this show finally gets to the beating heart of Chris’ childhood musical fantasies!
Damian Graham - Percussion/Vocals