Kevin Roach



Kevin Roach, originally from Pictou County, Nova Scotia, Canada began playing guitar in his teens. Since then he has taken on any number of string-instruments, becoming an accomplished fiddler, mandolin and Irish-style tenor banjo player. He plays regularly in the best Irish pubs in Maritime Canada - a hotbed for Celtic music of all stripes  - and is always ready for a ceilidh, kitchen party or bluegrass jam.

Kevin has played concerts and folk festivals in Canada and the US with a number of acts, including Irish traditional bands Barley Bree and Tailor's Twist, Irish fiddler PV O'Donnell, noted Cape Breton fiddler Dwayne Cote, harmonica player James Thurgood, and singer Jimmy Sweeney. Kevin's recently released solo CD, The Downpour, features both traditional Celtic and newly composed tunes on guitar, tenor banjo, mandolin and bouzouki. In 2007, The Downpour was nominated for an East Coast Music Award in the Instrumental Recording category.

Selected Performances


Rockbottom Brew Pub, Halifax, NS, with Memphis Knights

Split Crow in Antigonish with Jimmy Sweeney

The Fo'c'sle, in Chester, NS, as the Grassabillys

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Bearly's, Halifax, NS, as the Grassabillys


Kempt Shore Bluegrass and Country/Folk Festival with Ryan Cook

Festival with Ryan Cook, Shelburne, NS

Halifax's annual Jazz Festival with Grassabillys.

Yarmouth Exhibition, with Ryan Cook, Yarmouth, NS

Bearly's House of Blues and Ribs, Halifax, NS, with Alex Hastie of the Moonshine Ramblers

Shubenacadie Hay Days, Shubenacadie, NS, with the Blue Jam Grass Band.

Resolutes Club, Halifax, NS, with Alex Hastie of the Moonshine Ramblers

Stayner's Wharf Pub & Grill with Art Drysdale, the Artful Knave.

Bearly's House of Blues and Ribs, Halifax, NS, with Jude Pelley of Littlehouse

Stayner's Wharf Pub & Grill, Halifax, NS, with the Blue Jam Grass Band

Shubenacadie Hay Days, Shubenacadie, NS, with the Blue Jam Grass Band

Resolutes Club, Halifax, NS, with Brian Baker of the Memphis Knights and Alex Hastie of the Moonshine Ramblers

Bearly's House of Blues and Ribs, Halifax, NS, with Jude Pelley of Littlehouse

Kevin's bluegrass career has been revving back up since 2009. He had gigs at the Seahorse Tavern,Bearly's House of Blues and Ribs,Foggy Goggle, with the likes of Adam Shier and Dan Latner of The Strangeboys, Dan MacCormack of Grassmarket, as well as Scott MacCormack. He also participated in weekly gigs at the Rock Bottom Brew Pub.

The Full Circle Festival in Centre Burlington, Nova Scotia, alone and backed up by members of Grassfusion group, The Strange Boys.

Kevin and Jane took a summer vacation! They hung out at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival and the Catskills Irish Arts Week.

In January Kevin was warming the mid-winter as part of An Cumann's (the Irish Association of Nova Scotia), winter concert series, "To Drive the Cold Winter Away." He appeared with singer Jimmy Sweeney from County Tyrone, Ireland, who grew up in the famous singing family of Sarah and Tommy Makem.

Kevin played at Bedford's beautiful oceanside DeWolf Park on July 1 as part of the week-long Bedford Days, as well as the Halifax Regional Municipality's Canada Day celebrations. With Jane Lombard (bouzouki and accordian), Glenn Coolen (pipes and whistles) and Lisa Colton (vocals).

Kevin and Jane meandered the summer around Massachusetts, playing sessions with the likes of Oisan McAuley (Danu), Johnny O'Leary and PV O'Donnell. The journey ended with a blast at the ICONS Festival, where they grooved to the music of Paddy Keenan and Kevin Burke.

In June, Kevin and Jane played a benefit gig for Jack McNeil, along with John Ferguson and Donny Moore of McGinty, Jimmy Sweeney and the Barra MacNeils.

Sugar Moon Maple Farm in Earltown, Nova Scotia (near Truro), the Award-Winning Year-Round Maple Syrup Farm and Dining Experience, became an Economuseum in May. Kevin joined Jane Lombard and Glenn Coolen to provide music for the festivities.

Kevin and the Halifax Hooley Band, along with the heart-melting vocals of Lisa Colton, played the Halifax Hooley, a fund-raiser for Prostate Cancer Research.

Kevin was Bev Lamb's guest on Touchstone at CKDU in January. Two hours of folk music!

An Cumann, the Irish Association of Nova Scotia, held a concert series entitled "To Drive the Cold Winter Away." Kevin played with Jimmy Sweeney, the Old Triangle's most popular singer.

Kevin hooked up with old friend Jude Pelley for a string-melting set of instrumentals at the Canadian Deep Roots Festival Main Stage in Wolfville, NS.

Kevin played a Waterfront Concert in Windsor, NS. Thanks to Moe's Place Music Sales.


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