July 30: Ayrad


Saturday, July 30 at the Farm


Ayrad – world/roots – gate at 7/show at 7:30


2015 Juno-nominees for best world music album, Ayrad explores myriad musical styles, shifting from Andalusian and Berber rhythms to Reggae, Raï and Latin grooves. Ayrad is the brainchild of composer/singer Hamza Abouabdelmajid and oboist Annick Beauvais. The drummer and bassist are no strangers to the Hornby Festival, having been here twice with Montreal-based funk group PapaGroove. The collective’s six talented multi-instrumentalists are masters of world music cross-pollination:

Gabriel Brochu-Lajoie — bass, double bass & voice; Anit Ghost -violin; Kattam Laraki-Côté — percussion; and Bertil Schulrabe — drums.

The sextet is distinguished by moving poetry, inspiring melodies and improvisatory skills. In addition to their own compositions, Ayrad breathes new life into pieces drawn from the Maghrebian, Arab-Andalusian and Moroccan-Jewish repertoires. The whole project is supported by the poignant voice of Hamza, who sings in both Arabic and French. Their list of 2015 nominations and awards is truly impressive:

  • Galaxie Rising Star winners – Sunfest
  • ADISQ Winner “Music arranger of the year”
  • ADISQ nomination “World music album of the year”
  • Folk Music Awards “World group of the year”
  • JUNO nomination “World music album of the year”
  • GAMIQ nomination “Roots album”
  • Indie Acoustic Project nomination “Best world music CD”
  • Indigenous Music Awards nomination “Best international indigenous release”

“A kind of Berber and Andalusian rock with touches of traditional, flamenco and reggae dub. To follow closely…” —Journal Voir

“An inspired album, delivered by high calibre artists…” —Le Devoir


Ted Tanner, opening for Ayrad

A professional busker, for many years based out of Victoria, BC, Ted Tanner now makes his home on heavenly Hornby Island. Ted stays involved with many musical projects and continues to ply his craft as a solo musician, consistently delivering bona fide square-shooting folk songs for bona fide square-shooting folk!