Early Spirit at The Dream Cafe

Event Dates:
  • Sat October 19, 2019 6:00 PM
  • Event Cost: $10-$20

Doors: 6:00pm, Show: 8:00pm
Tickets:  Premium: $20, Wings: $10
Reservations: Please call 250-490-9012 to reserve your table

“This is a hot example of Celtic music and jazz fused together by superb musicians.” – The Celtic Connection

Early Spirit is Will Chernoff (bass), Gabriel Dubreuil (violin), Ben Kelly (drums), and Jay Knutson (guitar). These four sons of Vancouver, BC are related only by music, and they’re proud to release Early Spirit’s first album, Unrelated.

Early Spirit began as the Gabriel Dubreuil Trio. Gabriel, a young Franco-Canadian fiddler, had already worked around North America as a young, in-demand session violinist before spearheading the trio in Vancouver. Jay Knutson sings the lead vocal for Early Spirit. Previously, he arranged, performed, and wrote Celtic folk-rock music with John Mann and Geoffrey Kelly in their band Spirit of the West. Later, Jay worked with major Canadian artists including Hart-Rouge and Connie Kaldor. Will Chernoff, a local bass player, had been among Canada’s finest young jazz musicians. Joining the North Shore Celtic Ensemble introduced him to Jay and, eventually, to Gabriel.