With six core band members Jane’s Way is the Cowichan Valley's premier Celtic band,
bringing a blend of youthful exuberance and seasoned musicianship to their ever-growing repertoire
of traditional and original tunes.
With nearly a decade of playing together--and playing no less than 15 instruments among them--
the dynamic members of Jane’s Way are just as fun to watch as they are to listen to.
Committed to keeping traditional Celtic music alive,
their sets resonate with the sounds of ancient Brittany and Galatia, Scotland, Ireland, and the East Coast of Canada.
Mixed in with these traditional tunes are the soul-stirring originals of Island songwriter
and band member Paul C. Ruszel, in addition to a handful of crowd-pleasers by folk and modern fusion bands such as
Great Big Sea, Shooglenifty and Spirit of the West.
In addition to Paul, Jane’s Way is comprised of fellow founding members
Jane Way (flute, tin whistles, accordion) and Andy Cooper (bagpipes, mandolin, vocals, guitar),
as well as Kim Cooper (bodhran, vocals),
Eric Desaulniers (mandolin, banjo, recorder, spoons, and podotrythmie), Suzanne Beaton (fiddle, vocals)
and Steve Johnson (bass and snare drums, tin whistles, accordion).
Jane’s Way has played numerous coffeehouses in the Cowichan area, and has long been a fixture at the
Duncan Farmer’s Market during the summer months, the Duncan Community Farm Store and Cafe at Christmas,
and the annual Vancouver Island Feast of Fields festival in the autumn.
Recently, Jane’s Way was thrilled to close the main stage Saturday night
with a high-energy set at the 29th Islands Folk Festival in July 2013.
With music appealing to a wide variety of crowds and ages, Jane’s Way is guaranteed to get anyone's toes tapping!
(to see more of our previous engagements, click our "prev events tab)
Jane's Way is:
Jane Way on flute, whistles, accordion and vocals
Paul C. Ruszel on guitar and vocals
Andy Cooper on mandolin, vocals and even the occasional bagpipes!
Kim Cooper on bodhran, percussion and vocals
Suzanne Beaton on fiddle and vocals
Eric Desaulniers on banjo, recorder, spoons, mandoilin and feet!
Steve Johnson on whistles, percussion and vocals
Oceana Cato on fiddle (currently at large somewhere on the east coast)
Tad Ruszel on mandolin and stand up bass (when he is in the area)