Family Day CD recognition and awards!
Aside from all the wonderful support, sales, and great feedback from all our friends and fans, can ya believe the outside world has been noticing as well. Zach’s original song, Little Log Cabin, which he wrote for his then fiancée and now wife, Hollie, (great wedding in October 2014, lots of music and contra dancing!), was a Northeastern Ontario Regional Top Ten Finalist in the CBC Searchlight Contest…not bad for a little trad band from Desbarats.
“There is little to say about all of this,except you must get your hands on the album” Chicago Irish American News
“Totally entertaining from start to finish.” liveireland.com
“The O’Schraves” (The O’Gorman/Schryer/Lefebvre Family) brings you entertainment that is joyous, skillful, inspiring, and fun. Two of Canada’s finest traditional musicians, Julie Schryer (Pierre Schryer Band, Brian Pickell Band), on piano, and Pat O’Gorman (Rare Air, Brian Pickell Band), on bagpipes, Irish flute and tin whistle, are ably assisted by the younger members of the family, Benoit Schryer Lefebvre, 22, (2011 and 2012 winner of the 18-and-under Pembroke Fiddle Contest) on fiddle, tin whistle and vocals; Zach Schryer Lefebvre, 25, on his own handmade guitar as well as cello, tin whistle, piano and vocals; and Áine Schryer O’Gorman, 13, (2015 winner of the 12-and-under Pembroke Fiddle Contest) on fiddle, stepdancing, tin whistle, and vocals. In 2014, Zach’s composition, Little Log Cabin, from the Family Day CD, was a top ten regional finalist in the CBC Searchlight contest. The group was awarded New Emerging Artist Award by liveireland.com and Best New Group from the Chicago Irish American News for 2014.
Visit band member pages (above) to learn more about each of them! To download a pdf media info sheet, click here; digital copies of a poster can be obtained by contacting us. You can hear some of the tracks from the CD by clicking on the “family day cd” tab above. If you’d like to purchase our new CD “Family Day”, please click on “Add to Cart”, then check out by clicking on the shopping cart icon on the left hand side of this page..
“The O’Schraves” play captivating traditional Canadian, Irish, and Scottish music mixed with new compositions written by modern tune composers and members of the family, as well as original and traditional songs and even a stepdance or two for good measure. Their concerts appeal to all-ages and present an inspiring variety of music and instrumentation with skill, joy, and good humour. The band has played concerts throughout Ontario and Michigan, and performed at Blissfest 2014.
“The O’Schraves” have played for regular dances in the Algoma region for the last 8 years, including dances at AlgomaTrad Family Camp, and have been the dance band for the Bayside Travelers’ contra dances in Traverse City, Michigan, the Toronto Country Dancers’ Contra Dances, and the Owen Sound Spring Fling Dance weekend. In 2014, the group toured in the U.S., playing contra dances through Tennessee and Western North Carolina. After you’ve danced to their superb tune-playing and rock-solid groove, you’ll Rave about The O’Schraves! You can see clips of us in action on our Facebook page facebook.com/pages/the-oschraves.