Ray Legere

MAK3Originally from Amherst, Nova Scotia, Ray Legere has become one of Canada’s well-respected multi-instrumentalists crossing many genres. He is the winner of an ECMA, a five-time winner of the Eastern Division Bluegrass Awards in the categories of mandolin and fiddle, a Nashville Grand Masters Fiddle Champion, and a mandolin champion in both Canada and the US.

He has played at the Grand Ol’ Opry and Carnegie Hall, and has toured with David Grisman, Jerry Douglas, Doc Watson, Bela Fleck, The Band, the Rankins, Rita McNeil, and Tony Rice, to name a few. Ray was an integral member of the “Bowfire” ensemble for a number of years touring North America and Europe.

Ray worked as musical director for the CBC television series “Fiddlehead Country” and is the house fiddler for the french music show “Pour L’Amour De Country”. He continues to tour and record with many well-respected artists.

“Ray was the back bone of this recording project. He provided outstanding creative musical direction and technical expertise, and his assistance in producing this project cannot be overstated.

For almost an entire year we got together in his basement studio to talk, plan, listen and record each song. Ray was always there to provide gentle nudges, sound judgements and light-hearted encouragement. He and his wonderful wife, Jill, really made me feel welcome in their home. I’d chat with their kids at the end of our sessions – usually with them already at the supper table.

Ray is a quiet guy… soft spoken. A perfect producer – I think. He brought amazing musicians into the project and got the ‘best’ from all the artists we worked with in the studio. For me he was my mentor – my guru. I learned so much working with him. Thank you Ray, for everything.” – Janet Crawford

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