- 2014 Juno Award Nominees - Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year
- 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award Winners - Vocal Group of the Year
Since the band was formed in the summer of 2010, the High Bar Gang has been bringing its unique take on old time bluegrass to the people of Western Canada.
Vocal harmony is key to the band's sound, and the blend of Shari Ulrich, Wendy Bird and Kirby Barber along with guitarist Barney Bentall and banjo player Dave Barber is simply stunning. Supported by Rob Becker on bass, and Colin Nairne on guitar and mandolin, the band's repertoire stays firmly rooted in the golden age of bluegrass music with songs by the likes of Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers and Del McCoury.
Highlights for the High Bar Gang include opening for Canadian music icons Blue Rodeo at Vancouver's Malkin Bowl, and the many sold out shows they have played throughout Western Canada, including the prestigious Cedar Creek Winery Concert series and the Raven's Cry Theatre in Sechelt. From the Brackendale Art Gallery and Victoria's famous Butchart Gardens to Vancouver's International Jazz Festival and San Francisco's legendary Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, the band has built a solid reputation for their wonderfully upbeat brand of bluegrass and stories.
In 2013 the band signed a record deal with True North Records resulting in the release of their debut recording "Lost and Undone: A Gospel Bluegrass Companion". Along with extensive airplay in Europe as well as North America, the album garnered several award nominations in 2014 including a Juno Award nomination in the ‘Contemporary Christian/Gospel' category as well as a Western Canadian Music Award nod in the ‘Spiritual' category. The High Bar Gang went on to be nominated for three Canadian Folk Music Awards and won for Best Vocal Group.
The summer of 2015 saw the band return to performing with appearances at Vancouver Island Musicfest, Harrison Festival, West Vancouver's Harmony Arts Festival and the Toronto 2015 Panam Games.
The band will start recording their sophomore album this fall between dates on the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island.
The High Bar Gang is:
Dave Barber: banjo, mandolin and guitar, vocals
Kirby Barber: vocals, guitar and bass
Rob Becker: bass
Barney Bentall: vocals and guitar
Wendy Bird: vocals, guitar
Colin Nairne: guitar, mandolin and vocals
Shari Ulrich: vocals, fiddle and mandolin