3Tír is a phenomenal international trio of Celtic musicians from Canada and Ireland. The group features Franco Ontarian fiddler Pierre Schryer, Irish button accordionist Dermot Byrne, and European influenced guitarist Adam Dobres from British Columbia. A tour de force of versatility, fine musicianship and technical dexterity, this trio brings together three diverse and successful music careers laden with awards and nominations including JUNO, Canadian Folk Music, TG4 Irish Traditional Musician of the Year, and the Grammy Awards. Connected by traditional music of various styles, the group name reflects their unity with “TíR” meaning “land or country” in Irish Gaelic. Indeed these superstar musicians represent their individual land and heritage proudly, and together they have a magic that is undeniably inspiring. The connection started in 1999 with the recording of Pierre and Dermot, entitled “2 Worlds United.” This CD was released on the New Canadian Records label and in Ireland for worldwide distribution by Claddagh Records, and was the catalyst for the two musical comrades to perform together at festivals in Germany, Ireland, and North America. Several tours later and adding Adam to the mix, the trio is now appearing on festival stages from the Pacific to the Atlantic and beyond. You can find their recordings on iTunes and performance dates on their Facebook page.

Pierre Schryer - Fiddle, Foot Percussion

Pierre Schryer is one of Canada’s leading traditional fiddlers. A recipient of numerous titles and awards including Canadian Open Fiddle Champion, Grand Masters Champion, Violoneux Championnat, and North American Irish Fiddle Champion, Pierre truly captivates an audience with his energy and genuine warmth. His ability knows no bounds, covering styles from Irish, Scottish, Québecois, and Cape Breton to Canadian Old Time, American Swing and more. As leader of his self-titled group, Pierre Schryer Band built an international reputation as one of Canada’s most well respected traditional music ensembles by touring throughout Canada, the USA, Ireland, Europe and the UK since the mid-90's. Pierre has shared the stage with dozens of internationally renowned colleagues in the traditional music scene and has performed with numerous orchestras across Canada with his acclaimed Symphony Pops show. Of his six recordings released on his own label New Canadian Records,“Blue Drag” was nominated at the 2004 JUNO Awards for best Roots and Traditional (Group) Album of the Year, “Mélange” at the 2008 Canadian Folk Music Awards for Instrumental Solo Album of the Year, and “2 Worlds United”, a brilliant duo album with top Irish button accordionist Dermot Byrne, was distributed by Claddagh Records. Pierre’s talents extend beyond his musical abilities. An accomplished luthier and artist, he currently performs on one of his own violins and creates the cover art and design for his recordings. Pierre is the creator and artistic director of “Canadian Celtic Celebration”, a three-day June festival presented in Thunder Bay, Ontario for 16 years. Dedicated to passing on the tradition, Pierre teaches at numerous fiddle camps and is committed to creating community through traditional music sessions wherever he resides.

Dermot Byrne - Button Accordion

Dermot Byrne hails from Buncrana, the most northerly part of Donegal Ireland, where he had the good fortune to meet and play with all the greats of Donegal music, including Johnny Doherty, Con Cassidy and Tommy Peoples, Danny Meehan and more. Dermot went on to develop a unique style of his own and is now considered a Donegal master himself. His effortless playing, combined with great subtlety and a sensitive ear, makes him one of the great accordion players of his generation. In addition to his mastery of the Irish repertoire, Dermot can turn with ease to other styles and traditions such as French musette, or South American choro music. He guested on two Altan recordings ”The Red Crow” and ”Island Angel” before joining the Irish supergroup in 1994, which led to touring and recording over many years. Dermot has collaborated with many great musicians including Seamus and

Manus McGuire, Sharon Shannon, Tim O’Brien, Brid Harper, Steve Cooney, Dezi Donnelly, Jim Murray, Frankie Gavin and the late jazz violinist, Stephane Grappelli. A guest on countless recordings, Dermot has released several solo albums including his first eponymous solo recording “Dermot Byrne”, “2 Worlds United” recorded with Canadian fiddler Pierre Schryer, and most recently a popular duo collaboration with Parisian harpist Floriane Blancke featuring traditional Irish music and more. In 2012 Dermot was selected as the recipient of the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Traditional Musician of the year. Dermot is a musician who is revered for his virtuosity on the accordion and melodeon, and has a profound sensitivity rarely heard on the instruments. Not a man to be tethered by musical boundaries, Dermot has had great fun learning some rock’n’roll and salsa while guesting on tours with two great bands, the Stunning and Salsa Celtica.

Adam Dobres - Guitar

Adam Dobres is a highly accomplished guitarist with a natural ability to embody any style of music. He is equally at home with Bluegrass, Celtic, Jazz, Gypsy, Country, Folk, Old Time, Rock, Blues, and more. His love of the electric and acoustic guitar has taken him around the globe, performing throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. With a taste for experimenting with personal style and a love of touring, Adam has embarked on living his dream. From playing Celtic music with some of Canada’s finest fiddle players including Daniel Lapp and Pierre Schryer, Adam has branched out to Pop Rock with Grammy Nominee Toni Childs (including an Australian tour were they opened for the legendary Jackson Brown), performed with renowned musicians playing exotic instruments such as the Sitar, Turkish Lira and African Kora, and toured North America with Old Time string band Outlaw Social. Adam was part of The Dustin Bentall outfit when they performed at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics and supported Blue Rodeo on their 2010 Canadian tour. In 2011 Adam joined the Ruth Moody Band, and along with this dynamic folk vocalist and her all-star band has toured Europe, Canada and the US, and has released several albums. Well versed in the recording process, Adam was the musical engineer and producer for a meaningful project with Sarah Van Borek in creating the "One Voice" video. The video was part of the SFU Public Square "Alone Together" conference focussing on bridging the gap of cultural isolation and disconnection within the Vancouver community. Adam recently released his self-titled, first solo album - an eclectic mix of his own compositions revealing his many influences and his absolute grace and superb versatility on the guitar.

Posted in 2017.