Janet McGarry and Wildwood
For over twenty years Janet McGarry has continued to be a dominant presence in bluegrass music, both at home and abroad. She has shared stages with some of the most revered performers of this genre, and of her time. With twelve albums to her credit, each have earned her awards, accolades, and much deserved respect from the music industry.
Among her most significant career accolades, Janet is a “Daughter of Bluegrass”, which is a leading group of female bluegrass artists. Janet appears as a leading artist on the cd “Bluegrass Bouquet”, the group’s third collaboration on Blue Circle Records. Janet also appears on the Box Set of the “Daughters of Bluegrass” project called “Pickin’ Like a Girl”, and she also appeared on the compilation cd “Bluegrass Bands / Helping Hands © 2009”.
Janet is also a five-time “Female Vocalist of the Year” at the Eastern Canadian Bluegrass Awards, the industry’s highest accolade in Eastern Canada.
Serge Bernard plays banjo and sings harmony vocals. Serge is an accomplished instrumentalist, playing mandolin, guitar, fiddle, dobro, bass and his main instrument of choice – banjo. Born and raised in Balmoral, New Brunswick, he’s been playing music since the age of six, mostly self-taught, and has played and sang harmony in various bluegrass and country music bands. He has recorded various instruments on locally produced projects, several of which received industry nominations and awards.
Always willing to lend a hand, or be involved, Serge has produced/emceed/provided sound at various shows and festivals and was awarded the “Emcee of the Year Award”, at the Eastern Canadian Bluegrass Awards in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, making him a Master in this category. Also, in each of 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010, he was also honored with the “DJ of the Year” Award, making him a Master in this category, for his work as co-host of Bluegrass Island, a one-hour bluegrass show on Tantramar Community Radio, (FM-107.9) – on Saturday evenings at 6:00 pm.
Serge also wears a hat as Producer/Engineer for Diamond Productions PEI. where he has produced/engineered bluegrass & country projects on cd format for Island artists. Several of these CD’s were nominated for East Coast Music Awards. He has collaborated with Troy Engle, J.P.Cormier, Louisa Branscomb, Ryan Roberts and others. A member of the PEI Bluegrass and Oldtime Music Society, Serge has held numerous positions through the years.
Denise MacLeod grew up in the bluegrass music family “The Hay Family” from Wiltshire, PE. At a young age, she took on the roll of fiddle player in the band and for many years, they were a mainstay at Island bluegrass festivals, and other venues throughout the Island.
Exciting news to announce – Denise is excited to be back playing music, and she and Shane are keeping busy and enjoying spending time with their son Jack
Gail Mullen has been singing all her life, and it’s easy to see that she’s in her element when she’s singing. Gail’s love of old time, folk, and traditional roots music from the Appalachian mountains shines thru, and she has the voice to do so.