Glenn and Les gazing into the magic mirror

 

Glenn McFarlane – acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, harmonica, accordion, percussion, vocals

Les Smith – bass, tin whistle, Irish flute, concertina, accordion, bodhran, mandolin, banjolin, percussion, vocals

With Les Smith from Newfoundland and Glenn McFarlane from New Brunswick, it’s obvious where this pair gets their love of Celtic and East Coast folk music.

Les, now living in Mississauga, plays a multitude of instruments, including bass, tin whistle, Irish flute, concertina, accordion, bodhran, mandolin, banjolin, percussion, and is the primary vocalist.

Glenn, who lives in Brampton, plays guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, harmonica, accordion, percussion, and also sings.

They deliver a high-energy versatile show filled with songs from both sides of the Atlantic, lively jigs and reels, tender ballads (often a cappella!), and recitations. Their material varies considerably in both content and arrangement, from steadfastly traditional to very eclectic. They have been playing together since 1992.

CD Releases

Brown Ale have released four CDs to date.