Steve Charles |
Kathleen Nisbet |
Tyler Rudolph |
Tim Tweedale |
At the forefront of a rising wave of new local talent in the bluegrass and old-time music genres,
VIPER CENTRAL has managed to create an original niche in an otherwise traditional style and
yet simultaneously appeal to audiences both young and old. Hailing from Vancouver, Canada,
they approach their music with the sense of creativity and adventure found in the earliest
bluegrass and old time recordings. While all members contribute original songs, the band
won't hesitate to deliver their take on an ages-old mournful waltz or bring the house down
with a barn-burning bluegrass standard.
Viper Central hit the mainstream in 2007 with the release of Whiskey Hollow Bound,
a compilation featuring six Vancouver-based bluegrass and old time bands
that was warmly received Canada-wide. In 2008 they released
their debut album,
The Devil Sure is Hard to Please. Blending instrumental
prowess with innovative arrangements and creative vocal harmonies, the
album showcased the diverse songwriting talents of every member in the
band and quickly earned them a reputation as an act to follow in
Canada's thriving roots music scene.
In 2009 after a successful tour of both Western Canada and Europe
(France, Switzerland, Italy), the band went on to release
Live at the Street
Church, a response to requests for more of their popular gospel material.
They have since participated in numerous festivals in the Pacific Northwest,
San Francisco Bluegrass and Old-Time Festival.
In July of 2012 Viper Central will return to the U.K. for their 3rd consecutive month-long tour of England,
Scotland, and Ireland. They are currently in the studio completing their long-awaited 3rd album of
exclusively original material, which is set for release this spring.
VIPER CENTRAL is:
Steven Charles graduated with a degree in Jazz Guitar in 1999. As a performer,
he specializes in Brazilian music; composing and playing Cavaquinho for local
group Corcovado and re-inventing the Choro tradition with Sapeca. Since encountering Bluegrass and Old-time music in 2005,
Steve has quickly established himself in the scene with his band
Redgrass. In 2007 he produced Whiskey Hollow Bound, a compilation CD of emerging bluegrass
and old-time bands in Vancouver which was distributed and played all across Canada.
Steve Charles - Guitar and Vocals
As a composer and multi-instrumentalist Steve is in demand with many theatre companies
in Vancouver. His arsenal includes nylon and steel string
guitar, electric and upright bass, piano, banjo, mandolin, cavaquinho and various
percussion instruments. Recent shows include: Back To You and The Jungle Book by
Musical Theatreworks; Boca del Lupo shows; Vasily the Luckless, The House of Sleeping
Beauties, The Perfectionist, and The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces, Fugue Theatre's
Lillie and Flynn, Studio 58's The Boyfriend and Jessie nominated sound design and
composition for Mesa by Third Street Theatre. Recent highlights include Folk, Jazz,
and Fringe Festivals across Canada, U.S., and Europe. He is active in Vancouver's
diverse music scene, often seen with Ache Brasil or Cabaret slam folk band, The Fugitives.
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Kathleen Nisbet has been playing the violin and singing from a young
age. Classically trained on the violin, she later picked up her
grandpa's fiddle and expanded her musical journey into folk, rock,
country and gospel music. She attended the Vancouver Academy of Music
and later studied with former Winnipeg Symphony concertmaster Arthur
Polson before tapping into her Métis roots to explore Canadian fiddle
music. She also studied Theatre at Trinity Western University.
Kathleen Nisbet - Fiddle and Vocals
Kathleen has performed all over Canada, from St. John's, Newfoundland
to remote Kyuquot on Vancouver Island singing and playing fiddle with
Canadiana gospel group, the Russ Rosen Band. She has also performed in
a variety of genres including folk and country with artists like Cara
Luft (formerly of the Wailin' Jennys), the Fugitives, C.R. Avery,
Sheree Plett, and Carolyn Arends, hip-hop with Grammy-nominated
rap artist Fresh I.E., and world music with Ghanaian singer
songwriter Vicky Bila. She has recorded vocals and violin with
Rwandan hip hop/pop artist Ezra Kwizera and performed at the Athens
Olympics with Indian Guitar player Beni Prasad. Her work has also
included improvised music for Raw Motion Dance Company, staged music
and readings with Pacific Theatre, music for short films and various
workshops in fiddle and voice. She has been featured on recordings
with the Russ Rosen Band, Jonathan Inc, Cam Penner, Graham Ord, Jess
Hill and on GMA award-winning artist Brian Doerksen's album "Shine".
Kathleen has also recorded her own CD called Tunes for the Kitchen.
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Mark Vaughan has been playing mandolin in bluegrass, rock, blues, and Celtic bands across
Canada for the past fifteen years. Originally from Nova Scotia and now very much at home
in Vancouver's bluegrass and old-time music scene, Mark recently contributed his mandolin
stylings to Corbin Murdoch and the Nautical Miles' latest CD, "Tell Me Again How This Place
Got Its Name". He also composed, performed and recorded the chamber-style score for Jody
Kramer's award-winning animated short film "Pinch". His music for this film was nominated
in the category of "Best Original Score in a Student Film" for the inaugural Canadian
Awards for the Electronic and Animated Arts.
Mark Vaughan - Mandolin
An avid student of the history and tradition of bluegrass and old-time music, Mark has
contributed to Bluegrass North magazine and maintains a busy schedule teaching mandolin
and performing with several local bands.
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Tyler Rudolph's musical interests range from early jazz to bhangra, though he is particularly
passionate about bluegrass, old-time, and the fusion of folk traditions. An accomplished
songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Tyler is at heart a storyteller who captures universal
themes through tales and anecdotes. Instrumentally he is driven by improvisation and
harnessing the melodic potential of his music.
Tyler Rudolph - Banjos and Vocals
Leaving Winnipeg for the west in 1995, Tyler picked up his first banjo and
went on to firmly establish himself in Vancouver's acoustic music scene.
For three years he served as programmer and host of Bluegrass for Breakfast and High on
Grass on UBC's CITR 101.9FM.
He has since performed and recorded with numerous Canadian roots acts, but currently his main projects
are Viper Central and the Bogghoppers,
a Montréal-based old-time trio. Tyler is a regular facilitator at Jam Camp,
a non-profit arts education initiative. When he is not teaching, performing, or doing studio work,
he is working as a professional wildlife biologist on the conservation of woodland caribou in Canada's boreal forest.
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Tim Tweedale plays dobro, lap steel and pedal steel in a wide variety of genres. These
range from traditional bluegrass and Hawaiian traditional music to blues, jazz, country and
rock. He has played on over a dozen recordings over the past five years.
Tim Tweedale - Dobro
Tim has joined renowned jazz guitarist Steve Fisk at several jazz festivals, international
roots-rocker Bocephus King for a Canadian tour and Juno-nominated indie artist Tariq for a
number of shows. Tweedale also composes instrumental music for his group "The Blue Island
Trio", which has been played on CBC radio one and radio two. Tim's goals are to continue
collaborating with artists who have interesting and new approaches to musical styles, to
investigate the roots of his instruments in Hawaiian, bluegrass and country music, and to
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Originally from Kamloops, Lorraine spent years playing the piano from a young age. It was
only five years ago, by a happy circumstance at a music festival, that she discovered
bluegrass music. Since then, with guitar in hand and voice rising in song, she has gone
on to become a well-respected singer and guitarist in the Vancouver bluegrass and roots
Lorraine Cobb - Guitar and Vocals
Lorraine has toured extensively across western Canada with The Mountain Bluebirds. She
also played with Jody and the Lost Hearts during their short but sweet collaboration in
early 2006. Lorraine has also taught several vocal harmony workshops, and has inspired
others with her beautiful voice, energy and inexhaustible cache of songs.
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