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About Brad
Brad Reid plays modern, original fiddle music, rooted in the style of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Freely exploring all that is possible within the Celtic genre with expression and a sound of his own, his music fuses spontaneity with innovation and tradition, reaching audiences from small pub sessions to large concert halls. 
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 guitartist James MacLean, who recently released his self-titled album of Cape Breton music.
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Press
"The Brad Reid Quartet produce a fine blend of contemporary and traditional music [...] from seasoned musicians who understand what it takes to fully entertain an audience"
Brian Doherty, Evans and Doherty
  1. All In The Name Of Jane - Jenn Butterworth Brad Reid Quartet: Brad Reid - fiddle, James Maclean - guitar, Jamie Gatti - bass, Tom Roach - drums. Halifax Celtic Festival 2020. www.hfxcelticfest.ca
    Hfx Celtic Fest
  2. Air Mignonne, Silver Bullet - Brad Reid and Scott Figgins Celtic Connections Festival 2019, Glasgow, UK, 2019
    Celtic Connections Festival
  3. A performance from Bradley Reid's Baroque N' Fiddle string Quartet in the Old Triangle pub in Halifax, Nova Scotia. www.bnfsq.com/ www.analogsongs.ca Thanks to the Old Triangle and to Jon Janes for helping with the shoot
    Baroque N' Fiddle String Quartet - The Buttermilk Mary Jigs
  4. Blue Bonnets Over the Border - traditional Scottish (arr. from Natalie MacMaster's In My Hands album) Brad Reid - fiddle, James MacLean - guitar, Jamie Gatti - bass, Tom Roach - drums. Halifax Celtic Festival 2020.
    Blue Bonnets
more about Brad...
Brad began playing the fiddle after seeing a concert of the ​Cape Breton Fiddler's Association at The Gaelic College in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. He learned along side his grandfather (who grew up in the small town of Cheticamp, Cape Breton), and at family gatherings, where his grandparents entertained on fiddle and piano.
 
Brad also has a background in jazz saxophone and works as a woodwind player in musical theatre, doubling on flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, recorder, bagpipes, and more.​​​​

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)

photo by Laura Ellen MacDonald
Shows
  1. Brad at the 2017 Silkroad Global Musician Workshop
  2. Baroque N' Fiddle String Quartet
  3. Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Competition
  4. Recording piano tracks
  5. Slappin' da bass
  6. Playing with April Wine's Myles Goodwyn
  7. Ryan Cook's Hank Williams show
  8. with Ryan Cook as Hank Williams
  9. at the Folkklubs Ala Pagrabs jam in Riga, Latvia
  10. With Mars and Max from the Irish session in Ufa, RU
  11. at the Irish session in Kazan, RU
  12. Brad Reid Quartet at Halifax Celtic Festival 2020
Baroque 'N' Fiddle
​String Quartet
The Baroque 'N' Fiddle String Quartet is traditional fiddle music in a classic string quartet.
The ensemble features original arrangements of traditional Celtic violin music, largely from the Scottish Cape Breton
repertoire, with nods to other influences as well.

These days if you see a performance by the quartet, you're most likely to see fiddlin' friends Anthony Rissesco and Carrie Van Slyke chopping away on violin and viola respectively, and founding member Catherine Little on cello.
  1. Brad Reid, Anthony Rissesco, Carrie Van Slyke, Catherine Little
    Baroque 'N' Fiddle String Quartet
  2. Music Nova Scotia Showcase 2016
    Music Nova Scotia showcase, 2016. Truro, NS.
  3. Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax, NS.
    Fiddles for Sail. :) Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax, NS.
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    Title 4
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  5. Ahoy! Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax, NS.
    Ahoy! Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax, NS.
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  6. The early days. Brad Reid, Simon-Philippe Allard, Rory McLeod, Catherine Little.
    The early days. Brad Reid, Simon-Philippe Allard, Rory McLeod, Catherine Little.
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  7. Cape Breton
    Cape Breton
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  8. Cape Breton with our host Terry!
    Cape Breton with our host Terry!
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  9. A Christmas Concert
    A Christmas Concert
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  10. Formal like. With Nova Voce Men's Choir.
    Formal like. With Nova Voce Men's Choir.
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Brad Reid - Haley Small's Reel - Single
Digital only
​(2020)
Baroque 'N' Fiddle String Quartet - 
Buttermilk Mary
​(2012)
Brad Reid - The Conundrum
​(2008)
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