Four young musicians with both Irish and Canadian musical backgrounds join together to form Music PEI award nominee Inn Echo. Consisting of concertina player Gormlaith Maynes (Drogheda, Ireland), guitar player Tom Gammons (Bute, Montana), fiddlers Karson McKeown (Ottawa, Ontario) and Tuli Porcher (Victoria, British Columbia), this contemporary trad band add a modern twist on the typical structures and sounds of traditional music. Through intricate arrangements, rhythmic grooves, harmonic lines and energetic repertoire, Inn Echo hope to captivate audiences both familiar and unfamiliar with traditional music, opening up new listeners to the world of progressive trad music. Incorporating elements of indie & jazz, Inn Echo’s music is a vibrant, instrumentally-fuelled road trip through genres, echoing melodies of old and new, while maintaining true to the fun and energetic spirit of traditional music.
Just 9 months after forming Inn Echo, they have already achieved an extensive line-up of summer festival performances to include; The Indian River Festival (PEI), The Festival of Small Halls (PEI), Festival Memoires & Racines(QC) and the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil (Ireland).
Karson McKeown has been playing fiddle since the age of 10. Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, he has been a regular and well-recognized player in the Irish session scene in both Ottawa and Prince Edward Island, and has won numerous fiddle competitions in Eastern Ontario. Once a student of three time Grand Master Champion Patti Kusturok, he has since developed his own energetic and driving style of playing and has been recognized in groups such as The Trousers, and Anna Ludlow. On top of playing with Inn Echo, Karson teaches violin on PEI and is helping to keep the fiddle tradition alive in Canada.
Though her main instrument with Inn Echo is the concertina, Gormlaith Maynes is a well regarded multi-instrumentalist in her hometown of Drogheda, Ireland. Playing tin whistle since the age of 6, and then taking on more instruments like the concertina, fiddle, guitar, and harp as the years went on, she has made a name for herself and has won several county and provincial Fleadhanna over the span of her lifetime.
Since earning her Masters Degree in Traditional Irish Music Performance from the University of Limerick, Maynes has moved to Prince Edward Island as an Irish Gaelic language teacher and as a faculty member for the School of Performing Arts program.
Over the years, Gormlaith has learned from players such as Padraigh Rynne, Micheàl Ò Raghallaigh, and Noel Hill, and continues to draw inspiration from them.
Being one of the only concertina players in Charlottetown, her unique style of playing has already become well-known and recognized by many players across the island.
5 String Fiddle & Cello
Playing classical violin since the age of 3, fiddle tunes since she was 5, cello since 10, and now recently the 5-string fiddle, it’s easy to say that music has always played a large part in Tuli Porcher’s life. Raised in Victoria, BC, and now living in Charlottetown to study contemporary music at Holland College School of Performing Arts, she has been turning heads with her unique west-coast style, groove, and approach to traditional music.
At age 20, Tuli has already been a part of many accomplished BC based groups such as Close The Bombay Doors, The BC Fiddle Orchestra, and Coastline, the latter with whom she was able to join on a tour of Scotland and Ireland.
Gifted his first guitar at age 5, Tom Gammons grew up fostering his love for music between his home of Butte, Montana and yearly trips to Southeast Saskatchewan. He got his introduction into the world of tune playing and fiddle accompaniment under the instruction of Tim Chaisson and Jake Charron of The East Pointers and furthered these studies with Saskatchewan guitarists Ben Knorr and Clinton Pelletier. Because of his diverse experience with traditional music, Tom has had the opportunity to accompany players of Celtic, Maritime, Quebecois, Western, and Appalachian styles, performing in local Montanta festivals, playing in bands in Saskatchewan, and hitting the sessions and ceilidhs of Prince Edward Island. He studies at the School of Performing Arts in Charlottetown, PEI to reach deeper into the Canadian music tradition.