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By MEAGHAN MITCHELL
Last Saturday, three dexterous musicians united at the Silversmith Brewing Company in Virgil, Ont., to play their strings for an admiring crowd.
Mandolinist Jesse Cobb collaborated with guitarist Jay Reed and fiddler Shane Guse and the group performed a variety of covers, instrumentals and originals written by Cobb.
While the music played, the audience cheered after every instrumental solo and enjoyed pints of locally-crafted beer.
“The audience was very vocal and appreciative, which made it a really fun night. ... I enjoyed it immensely and would definitely do it again,” Reed said.
Reed, who has been playing guitar since he was 11, has shared the stage with Canadian musicians Sarah Harmer, Kim Mitchell and Randy Bachman.
Cobb has performed with Reed and Guse separately but Saturday was the first time the trio was together.
“It was a blast trying to figure out how to make things work with both Shane and Jay on the fly! We didn’t have time to get any rehearsing in so we were really flying by the seat of our pants and it was exciting to hear what they both did with my music,” said Cobb about the performance.
“Playing with great musicians makes you a better player. ... I definitely would like to do it again,” Guse said.
His wife, Stacey Lee Guse, joined the trio on vocals for a cover of the song Ophelia, by The Band.
“It’s great getting to perform together,” said Guse. “We are very lucky to get to make music for a living.”
The Guses’ also perform together in the award-winning band called The Western Swing Authority.
Magic #9 was also a part of the set Saturay night. The 2011 Grammy-nominated song for Best Country Instrumental Performance was written by Cobb while he was in the bluegrass band, The Infamous Stringdusters.
Since leaving the band in late 2011, Cobb has moved with his family to the Niagara region and recently released his first solo album, Solitude.
Guse is now in St. John’s, Nfld., to begin The Crop Circles and Tractor Beams Tour, travelling across Canada from Jan. 27 to Feb. 23 with Dean Brody.
Cobb and Reed will be at the Mahtay Cafe on St. Paul Street in St. Catharines tonight at 7 p.m.