Inn Echo is emerging as one of the traditional music scene’s most electrifying new acts. Consisting of concertina player Gormlaith Maynes (Drogheda, Ireland), guitarist Tom Gammons (Butte, Montana), fiddler Karson McKeown (Ottawa, Ontario) and fiddler and cellist Tuli Porcher (Victoria, British Columbia), the band is the culmination of four unique musical backgrounds from across Canada, the United States, and Ireland. With the goal of bringing a modern influence to the tradition of sharing and arranging tunes, this multi-award nominated group adds a tinge of jazz, pop, and even electronic music to the trad art form. “For an all-instrumental folk outfit to maintain listeners' interest is a challenge, one that Inn Echo meets convincingly on its album with fine musicianship, verve, and imaginative arrangements.” - Penguin Eggs
Since the release of their self-titled debut album in the summer of 2019, Inn Echo has been included in an extensive line-up of festivals including The Indian River Festival (PEI), The Festival of Small Halls (PEI), Festival Memoires & Racines (QC), and even Ireland’s largest music festival, the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil. They have been nominated for multiple Music PEI Awards and have vastly grown their repertoire of originally composed tunes, making this a definite band to watch in the coming years.
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.