Brad Reid’s boot stomps as his fiddle sounds its Cape Breton heritage. It’s a high-top leather boot he bought touring Russia with Cirque de Soleil playing clarinet, sax, and guitar — while skating. Reid thought he’d landed his dream job — good pay, challenging music, travelling the world.
Yet after shows, he searched every town for fiddle jam sessions. Despite language, cultural, and stylistic differences, Reid always found a sense of “home” when playing the fiddle — connecting deeply with other musicians, audiences, and his own creativity in ways other instruments didn’t allow. And so Brad Reid decided to tell his own musical stories, built on a foundation of Cape Breton fiddle and a suitcase full of musical influences from across the world.
In the Brad Reid Quartet, he is joined on stage by long time member of the Barra MacNeils, double bassist Jamie Gatti; and on percussion by former drummer for both the Barra MacNeils and Natalie MacMaster, Tom Roach; and by guitarist James MacLean, who recently released his self-titled album of Cape Breton music.