There may be two roads home,
but Bryan Williston has taken a few side-trips along the way. Born
in Ontario, but with maritime roots, Bryan has early memories of
sitting in the kitchen of his grandparents' house in Miramichi,
New Brunswick, listening to his grandfather play old-time fiddle
tunes. The music and experiences of summers in the maritimes hold
a special place in Bryan's heart.
Back at home in Ontario, Bryan's musical tastes ran the gamut of
country, early '60s folk, pop, rock and roll, fiddle tunes, and
whatever British Invasion singles could be smuggled out of his sisters'
rooms, to be played on the coffin-sized stereo hi-fi in the front
room. After an introduction to the guitar at age 12 (group lessons
at the YMCA!), Bryan was hooked, playing mock-bass in bad rock 'n'
roll bands, or whatever jams were going on that week. During these
forays into the popular music of the day, he maintained his interest
in folk and roots music. In the intervening years, Bryan's musical
journey has taken him into the world of children's entertainment,
both in his home area, and working with established kids' performer
Jim Parker (The Mr.
Dress-Up show). Throw in a few years of playing at folk music
open stages, busking in the streets, playing in local pubs, and
attending songwriter workshops, and we've pretty much caught up
to the present day.
As a guitarist, Bryan describes himself as both a minimalist pub-strummer
and a hyperactive campfire singer. Onstage, he is a passionate,
primitive player with a strong sense of feel, rhythm and harmony.
Some musicians who have influenced Bryan in their amazing writing,
playing and performing abilities are Ron Hynes, Stephen Fearing
and Ron Sexsmith.