Punching through the walls of tradition, The McDades’ Celtic-rooted music fuses the spontaneity of jazz improvisation and infectious global rhythms to create “one of the most versatile and innovative groups in Canada” (Penguin Eggs). Their cutting-edge sound is the perfect complement to their fiery performances. The London Free Press said that the band “finds their groove somewhere between a down-home kitchen party, a jazzy after-hours club, and a folk festival.” The Washington Post called The McDades “The Dizzy Gillespie of the Irish tin whistle”.
At the heart of the group are siblings Shannon, Solon, and Jeremiah who grew up playing Canadian folk music alongside their parents and among artists from around the world—a unique upbringing that led to a love and respect for all music. Their ground-breaking compositions and innovative arrangements are characterized by stunning virtuosity and a near-telepathic interaction on stage. Shannon’s lyrical fiddle, Jeremiah’s searing winds, and Solon’s smooth bass create the rich foundation for this adventurous band.
The McDades are winners of the JUNO Award for Best Roots Album (Group) and two Canadian Folk Music Awards (World Group of the Year and Instrumental Album of the Year). Their latest release, The Empress, continues to highlight the group’s one-of-a-kind sound and irresistible groove. fRoots Magazine put it best: “This Kicks!”