Zachary Schryer Lefebvre
Zachary Schryer Lefebvre, 26, Julie Schryer’s eldest son, plays guitar, piano, cello and tin whistle. He also sings and stepdances and composes songs and tunes. Zach performs regularly with his family group, The O’Schraves, including performances at the Blissfest Music Festival and with the Sault Symphony Orchestra and tours in the USA, Ontario, and Quebec The O’Schraves were Northeastern Ontario regional finalists for the CBC Searchlight Contest with Zach’s song composition, Little Log Cabin, recorded on the 2014 O’Schraves CD release “Family Day”. In 2014, the group was awarded New Emerging Artist Award by liveireland.com and Best New Group from the Chicago Irish American News.
Zach completed a guitar-making course with renowned maker Sergei de Yonge in 2012, and plays his own hand-made guitar in concerts. He is currently making handmade fine guitars which are distinct for their pyrographic artwork, another of Zach’s talents (www.treehouseguitars.com) .
Zach has attended the AlgomaTrad Music, Dance, and Heritage Arts Family Camp since its inception in 2004, studying with some of North America’s finest traditional musicians and dancers, and, for the last couple of years, teaching cello accompaniment to trad tunes and helping with the group performance classes. Zach has been writing tunes in the traditional style since he was 11 years old, several which are performed by The O’Schraves at dances and in concert.
Zachary performed in the Central Algoma Secondary School annual theatre production for 4 years, playing the lead role for three of those years. He performed as part of “Schryer”, the group made up of his mom, his 4 uncles and his cousins, who were the headline act at the gala concert at the Shelburne Fiddle and Stepdance Contest in 2007 and at the Chelmsford Fiddle and Stepdance Festival in 2009. He studied music at Algoma University in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario in 2010. Zachary has also performed with the Brian Pickell Band on several occasions and with Shane Cook and Troy MacGillivray. He appears on Ian Bell’s recent recording, Forget Me Not, When Far Away, playing cello and tin whistle. Zach and his brother, Benoit, performed on tour with Troy MacGillivray in January, 2013. He also performed with his brother, Benoit. in the folk trio, Wildwood Soul, with singer/songwriter Lorissa Scriven.