Brown Ale

A photo of Glenn McFarlane and Les Smith

Celtic and East Coast Folk Music

Glenn McFarlane – guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, harmonica, accordion, percussion, vocals

Les Smith - bass, tin whistle, Irish flute, concertina, accordion, bodhran, mandolin, banjolin, percussion, vocals

With Les Smith from Newfoundland and Glenn McFarlane from New Brunswick, it’s obvious where this pair gets their love of Celtic and East Coast folk music.

Les, now living in Mississauga, plays a multitude of instruments, including bass, tin whistle, Irish flute, concertina, accordion, bodhran, mandolin, banjolin, percussion, and is the primary vocalist, while Glenn, who lives in Brampton, plays guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, harmonica, accordion, percussion, and also sings. They deliver a high-energy versatile show filled with songs from both sides of the Atlantic, lively jigs and reels, tender ballads (often a cappella!), and recitations. Their material varies considerably in both content and arrangement, from steadfast traditional to very eclectic.

They have been playing together since 1992, and have released four CDs to date: “Eponymous” (2010), Windsniffer and Other Assorted Legends” (2007), “Self Titled” (2003) and “Heads Up!” (2000).

Listen to a sample of their music:

http://www.brownalemusic.ca/