Now at the Needle Vinyl Tavern, the Big Dreamer Jam is an Edmonton music institution. Every Tuesday, a guest artist is backed by the house band, consisting of Harry Gregg (bass) and Geoff Hamdon O’Brien (drums) and Smokey Fennell (pedal steel); after that, the stage opens up to anyone with music to share. Unique among Edmonton jams and open stages, The Big Dreamer jam is open to all styles, with a strong focus on original music, and at a high calibre. Collaboration is the name of the game, and magic a regular occurrence.
The Jam is sponsored by Riverdale Recorders, and every two months we draw from the names of those who have played for their chance to win a free day in the studio.
This week we are pleased to have Jay Gilday as our featured artist!
Jay Gilday hails from Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories and is the son of a Dene activist mother and an Irish Canadian musician father. Gilday's live performance will leave you mesmerized by his unforgettable voice, accompanied by his skillful guitar playing, and soulful lyrics. Based in Edmonton since 1997, Jay has been touring his music to communities large and small for more than 15 years. Jay balances his many musical endeavors while being a devoted father of 4.