KNACKER’S YARD is a six-piece Celtic traditional folk band with members from Victoria, Saanich, Metchosin and Sooke, British Columbia. Formed in Victoria in the spring of 2012, the original intent was, and still is, to perform traditional Celtic and English folk songs, intrumentals and ballads dating from the 1600’s up to the 1960’s. Their repertoire includes songs made popular by voices such as Ewan MacColl, Shirley Collins, Luke Kelly, Ronnie Drew, Enoch Kent, Andy Irvine, Paul Brady and well-known musical groups such as the Dubliners, The Pogues, Corries, The Wolfe Tones, Planxty, De Danaan, and the Bothy Band to name a few. The band plays a selection of ballads and instrumentals.
Anatol Anton – Irish tenor banjo
Cody Baresich – Mandolin, vocals
Wolf Edwards – Lead vocals, plectrum banjo
William FitzGerald – Fiddle, Uilleann pipes, Irish whistles
Jon MacDonald – Guitar, vocals
Shaun McConnell – Bodhrán, chimes and bones
After the first year of casual rehearsals, the group had become an ensemble of six musicians; tenor banjo, five-string banjo and vocals, bodhran, mandolin, steel-string guitar and electric bass guitar. Due to a switch on guitar, and bass-player Devo leaving the group, Knacker’s Yard became a five-piece group: Anatol Anton-lead tenor banjo, Cody Baresich-lead mandolin, Shaun McConnell-bodhran and bones, Jon MacDonald-steel string guitar, Wolf Edwards-five string banjo and lead vocal.
The band recruited William FitzGerald (late 2015) on the Uilleann pipes, whistle, and fiddle, making the band a six piece once again.
Knacker’s Yard currently has three self-released albums: ‘The High St. Demo'(2013), ‘Live at Dunsterville'(2015) and ‘Songs of the Sea'(2016). Song selection on these three well received recordings represents merely a portion of the bands current repertoire. While arranged by the group, the songs are closest in presentation to the musical style of The Dubliners, a style the group has chosen for its clear, direct and energetic presentation. In addition to this, they bring in elements from the youthful urban revival of traditional music in the 60’s and 70’s and also from the humble, stripped down presentation such as can be found on many of the more traditional singer/songwriter albums of the 1960’s.
Traditional music enthusiasts will appreciate the song-tales of lost love and betrayal, the misdeeds of ramblers and rakes, emigration, hard drinking and hard living, sea shanties and worker’s songs. In addition to these ballads and chorus songs, KNACKER’S YARD also adds the explosive musical energy of traditional instrumental, reels, jigs and slides.