Good fiddle players with a sense of humour are hard to find, so when Glasgow-born Laurence turned up at Fiddlers’ Green, the band had no hesitation in slipping him the Queen’s shilling, and signing him on for life. Besides, as an ex-CBC producer and sound guy, he is the only member of the band capable of meaningful conversation with sound engineers.
Ian is the most recent addition to the band, having replaced Ian Clark in 2006. He lives in Paris, Ontario, and until recently was the creative eminence behind the Port Dover Harbour Museum, on the Lake Erie coast of Ontario. He is also celebrated in these parts as the writer of many wonderful songs about rural Ontario and its characters. An alumnus of such great bands as Muddy York and the Dawnbreakers, Ian plays mostly guitar and mandolin with the Friends, but is also an honoured member of the Gary Larson band from hell, one of those masochistic enough to excel on both bagpipes and accordion. Ian was a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to Norfolk County culture and lore.
From Glasgow, Scotland and for most of his adult life, Toronto. Co-founder of Toronto’s Fiddlers’ Green folk club. Definitely the mouthpiece of the band, Tam sang and played guitar, banjo and mandolin among other things, and was possessed of an unmistakably Glaswegian ability to find humour in anything, even his own erstwhile day job in the Metropolitan Toronto sewage treatment plant. “It may be shit to you, but it’s bread and butter to me”.
Tam Kearney passed away in March 2013, and hundreds of old friends and fans sang, laughed, told stories and celebrated his life at his memorial, held on Tam’s birthday, St Patrick’s Day. An obituary was posted on the Sing Out! Magazine website.
In June 1995, the Friends sadly lost long-time band member, David Parry, to a heart attack. David was a great singer with a huge repertoire, and an incomparable story-teller. For more information on David, please read his obituary, first published in Sing Out! magazine.
There is currently no fiery dragon in this band, it having been slain on April 23rd.