Ciamar a tha sibh.
My family comes from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. A place with one of the richest fiddle traditions on the planet! This tradition came from Scotland some 200 years ago.
One of my most significant musical memories was when I was 12, and I went to an outdoor fiddle festival at the Gaelic College in Cape Breton with my grandfather (who also played the fiddle). I saw other kids my age playing the fiddle and it blew my mind!
I grew up off of the island, on the mainland. Even though I heard the fiddle more times than I can count at family gatherings, and at that time I already played a few other instruments, I had never seen a kid play fiddle!
I was fascinated, and I was hooked.
In my music, I lean towards creating modern, original fiddle music, rooted in that style of Cape Breton. I try to allow exploration within the Celtic genre, with expression, and a sound that I consider to be truly my own. My music has elements of spontaneity, a lot of tradition, and maybe even a little innovation, whether I'm sharing it with an audience in a small pub session or a large concert hall.
The Brad Reid Quartet
When you hear this band you may want to be grooving along, or else I highly recommend you kick back and have a pint. I am joined on stage by long time member of the Barra MacNeils, double bassist Jamie Gatti; and on percussion, former drummer for both the Barra MacNeils and Natalie MacMaster, Tom Roach; and guitarist James MacLean, who recently released his self-titled Cape Breton guitar album.
I also have a background in jazz saxophone and occasionally work as a woodwind player in musical theatre, doubling on flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, recorder, bagpipes, and more.
Trust me, the instruments are piling up at home!
Recent highlights include:
Crystal by Cirque du Soleil (North America, Mexico, Russia, Latvia 2019-2020)
Celtic Connections Festival, Danny Kyle Stage (Glasgow, Scotland, 2019, 2020)
Ryan Cook and his touring Hank Williams show (2018)
Silkroad Ensemble's Global Musician Workshop (Indiana, USA, 2017, 2018)
Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Competition (2016, 2017)