Rattle the Bag
Vancouver Island's Own
The members of Rattle the Bag perceive a gap in the mid-Island music scene, where modern developments such as Singer-songwriter, Celtic rock and 'World/fusion' (which tend to use jazz chords and rock guitar-licks) now pass as 'traditional' or 'folk', and we endeavour to fill that gap with real traditional music! We sing and play traditional dance tunes and songs from the British Isles, Western Europe, and North America - including Vancouver Island. We mostly play a mixture of Irish, Scottish and English music, with some from Scandinavia, Switzerland and Canada's East Coast thrown in; and we always play some traditional-style tunes written by our accordionist, Eric Oscar. This is music of the people - the only chords we use are majors, minors and sevenths!
Dawn Hoebee learned flute in her highschool band, and today her range of playing styles includes Celtic, Scandinavian, Renaissance and Medieval music, on a variety of flutes, recorders and whistles. She has also recently added the Jew's harp to her range of skills, a rare novelty that never fails to draw attention! Dawn is an accomplished sight-reader, and carries a veritable library of music wherever she plays. Since finishing this CD, Dawn has left us to pursue a new life in the USA.
Eric Oscar plays by ear, composes traditional-style music, and plays various button accordions including the Swiss Schwyzerörgeli, the Jeffries Duet concertina, and fiddle. A native of Crofton, Eric is proud of his Vancouver Island roots and has named many of his tunes for events and places on the Island. Crofton's recent 100-year celebration was honoured with his 'Crofton Centennial Waltz'. 'Pipers Lagoon Morris' and 'Trip to Sayward' are Morris-type tunes, the former named for the location of its first public performance, and the latter named for a RTB gig in that town.
John Morrison was raised on the island of Cumbrae, Scotland, before immigrating to Canada. John has been singing songs since childhood, and comes from a family where all four brothers sing. He started playing the bodhran (Irish drum) and the bones several years ago. John also currently plays with the Orange & Green Band of Chemainus. He sings, plays harmonica and provides percussion for both bands.
Bob Bloodsworth was recruited at the last minute to play bass for this CD, but has recently been contributing his skills as a fiddler and guitarist to our live performances as well. He was born and raised in New Brunswick and now lives in Nanaimo.