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Brad Reid is a saxophonist and woodwind doubler on clarinet, flute, oboe, bassoon.

After earning a music degree in jazz saxophone, from St. Francis Xavier University, Brad spent seven years working on cruise ships as a musician and bandmaster.

He is now based in Halifax, NS, and works in the pit orchestra on shows at Neptune Theatre. He performs with the Brogue Saxophone Quartet, and does clinics for festivals such as the Atlantic Festival of Music, and the Halifax Comunity Band Festival. He also performs with local artists like Ryan Cook and Norma MacDonald.

Brad is also a performer and teacher of Cape Breton style Celtic fiddle music, passed on to him from his grandfather - a fiddler, and a Lefort - from Cheticamp, Cape Breton, NS. In this genre, he formed and performs with the Baroque N' Fiddle String Quartet, and Jigs Start Here.

Brad also performs as a side musician on double bass, electric bass, piano, guitar, accordion.

Nova Scotia’s Kris Richards (Local 571, AFM/CFM) is already well known throughout the Maritimes for his versatility as a lead guitarist. The 23-year-old Music Arts grad has played the biggest stage east of Montreal at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival, where his band shared the same bill as country sensations, Eric Church and Toby Keith. Kris has also performed at the East Coast Music Awards, Music Nova Scotia Week, The Tall Ships Festival, The International Balloon Fiesta and many other festivals.

In addition to opening for Canadian artists, including Doc Walker, The Stellas, Jason Blaine and Tara Oram, Kris has opened for American acts including Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, and Joe Diffie. He has performed with the Toronto-based group, Classic Albums Live. Kris Richards has also had televised performances on Breakfast Television and on Candy Palmater’s (Nova Scotia Music Weeks Award Gala 2011 host) nationally broadcasted hit, The Candy Show.

Kris has recorded with Australian artist Kat La Key, and local musicians, including New Brunswick award winning ECMA country singer, Mike Biggar; Young Performer of the Year, Molly Thomason; Paul Randy Mingo, Yvette d’Entrement; Kelly Blair; and Alexa d’Entrement. Whether it’s country-rock, jazz-fusion, blues, classic rock or honing his skills for a theatre score, Kris’ musicality makes him a sought session guitarist in the recording studio:

Kris Richards is my #1 choice of session players when I need a top-notch, dependable guitarist. His uncanny choice of notes and unique feel, always harmonizes with what's in my head, and as a producer, I need that transparency. Kris's musicianship is second to none and reaches new highs every time I hear him play.

T. Feswick (Producer, Feswick Music Productions)

When he’s not in the recording studio or on the road, Kris can be found teaching lessons, performing at private functions or composing music. Currently Kris plays with several bands (CMT’s Big in a Small Town finalists, Mark Cameron and Amanda Riley; JD Clarke; and Cover Me Canada finalist, Melanie Morgan; Alexa d’Entrement; and Kevin Chase).

A talented guitarist with panache for solos, Kris is always keen for the next stage to perform on, collaborating with artists, and seeing where the open road takes him.

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