The McDades

The McDades


WINNER 2007 Juno Award for Best Roots & Traditional Album of The Year - Group. Punching through the walls of tradition, this tight five piece plays music with a celtic root incorporating jazz improvisation and global rhythms.


WINNER 2007 Juno Award for Best Roots & Traditional Album of The Year - Group.

WINNERS of TWO 2006 Canadian Folk Music Awards - Best World Group - Best Instrumental Group.

2007 Independent Music Award WINNERS for Best World Group (traditional).

The McDades celebrate the very idea of what it means to be Canadian musicians. In a country of such varied cultures and peoples, the McDades have successfully found a unique voice.

Coming from a background of Canadian folk, Classical, Celtic, and Jazz, siblings: Shannon, Solon, and Jeremiah grew up performing together. Add to the mix a multi-faceted guitarist, who hails from the west coast, and a percussionist who has traveled the world studying global rhythms, and you will have a truly Canadian sound.

With vocal harmonies that can only come from a family, and an obvious love for each other and their music, the McDades’ sound is rooted in the spirit of improvisation. Encompassing energetic instrumentals and beautiful vocals in both English and French, “the McDades find their groove somewhere between a down-home kitchen party, a jazzy after hours club, and a folk festival.” (London Free Press)

With the release of their second CD “Bloom”, the McDades continue to stretch the boundaries of modern tradition.

Bloom Nominations
- 2007 Juno Award
- Two 2007 Western Canadian Music Awards
- Two 2007 US Independent Music Awards
- Four 2006 Canadian Folk Music Awards


"For Reel" 2004
"Bloom" 2007 Juno Award Winner, 2 time 2006 Canadian Folk Music Award Winner, 2007 Independent Music Award Winner

Set List

We perform selections from our 2 CDs, "For Reel" & multi-award winning "Bloom" and are always adding new material & sounds to our sets! Each show is different.