Who are the Kailyarders?

Hailing from across the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley, Kailyarders love to play, sing, tell stories and entertain. Varied musical backgrounds come together to play high-powered and thought-provoking original songs as well as fun cover songs. Kailyarders is a musical project for like-minded musicians and songwriters to showcase their songs and talents within a supportive band. People will come and go and the line-up will be ever changing, but you will always be entertained by fresh and innovative music and lyrics. Come on and get yer Celt on!

Kailyarders Line-up

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Collin Wade – Guitar, vocals. Collin began playing guitar at age nine and co-wrote his first song at twelve. He spent several years singing and blending voices with the Vancouver Scottish Gaelic Choir as well as working on his solo music. He has performed in Scotland, Nova Scotia, Seattle, and Nashville, as well as the Greater Vancouver area with Three Row Barley. Collin continues to focus on his song-writing, penning about 100 songs per year since 2011. All songs but one on the Kailyarders' two CDs have been written or co-written by Collin.

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Chris Williscroft – Mandolin, bass, guitar, banjo, bouzouki, tech. Whether nimble-fingered mandolin melodies or thundering bass lines, Chris Williscroft is at home with a variety of styles on many instruments, including guitar, banjo, and bouzouki. Multi-talented and intellectual, he also has invaluable intuition when it comes to song dynamics and set ordering.  Chris is also the tech-expertise behind the Kailyarders.

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Bruce McKillican – Accordion, penny whistle, bodhrán, vocals. Bruce comes from a musical family and has performed Celtic songs for years. Bruce brings his unique bodhrán style, whistling jigs and reels, and solid vocals, both in lead and back up to give Kailyarders a solid two, three, or four-part harmony.

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Nicole Ensing – Bodhrán, vocals. Nicole’s interest in Celtic music can be traced definitively back to “I’ll Tell Me Ma” by Van Morrison and the Chieftains, as well as a childhood infused with Great Big Sea.  She takes great delight in singing, and her love of the Celtic/Folk genre is what inspired her to begin playing the bodhrán. With no known British Isles heritage, Nicole is currently chasing down British Columbian folk songs, as well as anything out of the Netherlands, the land of her ancestors.

What is a kailyard?

A kailyard is an old Scottish word for a kitchen garden or plot of land used to grow vegetables. Like cabbage or kale.