Four young musicians with both Irish and Canadian musical backgrounds join together to form Inn Echo. Consisting of concertina player Gormlaith Maynes (Drogheda, Ireland), guitar player Jesse Périard (Fredericton, New Brunswick), 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).
Originally from Fredericton, New-Brunswick, but living in PEI for most of his life, Jesse Périard has been a backing guitarist in traditional since the age of 15. He has accompanied a number of both island and off-island artists such as Ward MacDonald, Anastasia DesRoches, Zakk Cormier, Colin Grant, Stéphanie Lépine, and Karine Gallant to name a few.
After graduating from the Holland College School of Performing Arts program in Charlottetown, he has had the opportunity to tour extensively in several countries including the US, England, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Scotland, and Australia as a member of PEI based trio Ten Strings and a Goat Skin.
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
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.