The Celtic influence shines
through these rich, complex compositions,
to the extent that they feel like traditional pieces with
a fresh interpretation. In short,
brilliant!
— Penguin Eggs Magazine 2017

About Adam...

Adam Dobres is a folk-oriented guitarist with a fluid talent and adaptive sensibility. Born in Canada and currently living on Pender Island in British Columbia, he has toured all over the world with acts ranging from folk ensemble The Ruth Moody Band to pop rock singer Toni Childs. In 2016, he stepped into the spotlight with his eponymous debut album, earning him a nomination for instrumental artist of the year in the West Coast Music Awards.

The Early Days...

As a young man Adam started out playing classical guitar, before discovering Celtic music, which would prove a vibrant and enduring influence. He went on to study jazz at Vancouver Island University, but left after one year to accept a gig touring the American South. During this period he was exposed to Cajun music, an experience that deepened Adam’s appreciation for folk music of all kinds. Over the course of his professional career, Adam has been the featured guitarist for many bands. He’s played with Dustin Bentall’s alt-country group, worked closely with Cameron Latimer, and supported singer-songwriter Ridley Bent both on tour and on five albums. Together with Pharis Romero, Oliver Swain and Kendel Carson, he’s toured North America as part of old time string
band Outlaw Social. 

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Adam Dobres

In Recent Years...

He also has a special place in his heart for beloved vocal group The Wailin' Jennies, with whom he's toured across America and played on acclaimed radio show the Prairie Home Companion.  He also recorded on their latest album, "Fifteen", which recently hit the #1 spot on the bluegrass charts as well as earning a Juno Nomination in 2018. Among the most exciting of Adam’s recent performances were the two tours he spent with the Ruth Moody Band opening for renowned guitarist Mark Knopfler, including 8 nights at the Royal Albert Hall in London.  Adam has shared a very special collaboration spanning many years with celebrated fiddler Daniel Lapp, starting in his fiddle orchestra at the age of fifteen and nowadays joining him around the world. They’ve played together in Glasgow at the Celtic Connections Festival, at the Celtic Colors Festival in Cape Breton, and once opened together for legendary lrish folk band The Chieftains.

Whats new...

As of 2016, Adam performed in a new Celtic trio called 3TíR with Pierre Schryer on fiddle and Dermot Byrne (who played with beloved Irish traditional group Altan) on button accordion.  Inspired by folk music from Ireland, Eastern Europe, and France—tír is an Irish word meaning “land”—these three friends weave magic out of both traditional and original material. They recently toured from Victoria to Newfoundland. In 2019 Adam and Pierre Schryer recorded their new album, “Mandorla” and have secured a UK booking agent and will be releasing this album worldwide in 2020.

Serenely situated in the forest near his home, Adam has built a beautiful clay-walled recording studio.

Adam’s guiding principle is that music has the power to convey the mystery and beauty of life, and to bridge all cultural boundaries.

Through music we all speak the same language, and it’s the language of our hearts.
— Adam Dobres