The Grinning Barretts
Vancouver Island Drink-along Celtic Punk Rock
The Grinning Barretts are bagpipe strangling, vocal chord mangling, gormandizer uplifting, Riot Brewing imbibing, Vancouver Island Celtic punk rock. They’ve taken Celtic sounds & mashed them up with gritty punk rock passion to create a wild ride of traditionals, originals & additionals that will move your feet into jig formation & bring out your inner rabblerouser.
Lead Fuckface, Guitars and Vocals
Coming at us from Street Prophets Union, The Kiltlifters, Sedition Choir, & Hats And Black Ties, Pat has earned his place as the Captain of the Grinning Barretts. We’re always checking this boat for holes, but he hasn’t sunk us yet. Having opened for rad acts like Great Big Sea, Dreadnoughts, GOB, & The Real McKenzies, we figure he’s learned how to patch a hull by now. Pat’s also the king of being in the right place at the right time, having sang with Pennywise, gambled with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones & partied with The Interrupters. When he’s not shredding frets or mixing noise, you can find Pat hiking the mountain with Murphy, the owner of the mountain.
Head Philosopher, Drums
Our buddy Fid comes to us from an extensive percussion background. Holding a music degree from Uvic, he was formally trained on skins & sticks of various types & has worked with badasses like Sal Ferreras, Bill Linwood, Alex Cuba, Adonis Puentes & Hugh Fraser. On land, has opened for the likes of Great Big Sea & many others; on the sea, he has entertained guests on various cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises & Norwegian Cruise Lines. This guy has played with so many bands, & appeared on so many recordings, we’re so lucky to be in his current circle of noisemakers. When he’s not jamming with the Barretts, you can find Fiddy with his other band, A Farkin Conspiracy, because this man literally never stops drumming.
CNO (Chief Neurotic Officer), Guitar, Vocals
Dave is our Swiss Army Knife; gear repair extraordinaire, sound man to local slayers, & when The Barretts call for further frets, whether electric, acoustic or banjo, he’s our man. Starting from covers & working his way up to heavy metal & now into the claws of Celtic punk, he’s accumulated a mosaic of experience across areas of musical creation, including the release of his own single, Animal. He’s opened for Daeodon, Signal Static, Moths and Locusts, & more. When Dave isn’t filling out the Barretts guitar section, he can be found rocking metal with Big Flakes, or running live sound, or tinkering with gear. He has done guitar tech work for bands like Towers and Trees, and PIGS (Floyd Tribute). Pedal boards are his jam.
Hey You With The Face, Bass, Vocals
Cara brings the bass, and some true Scottish fire to the Barretts (Robbie Burns is her great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather!!). A music festival brat who followed her banjo playing father around to many events, Cara picked up the bass by default in The McCandless Family Band, because no one else wanted to learn to play it!!
A prolific singer and songwriter, Cara has also played in PixElle, Shake Shack, The Femme Fatales, as well as singing with Dan Hill, Jeff, Plankenhorn, and Yellowbelly. She also has a YouTube channel where she has uploaded an original song EVERY Wednesday for almost 2 years! https://www.youtube.com/@caramccandless . She was also one of the winners of Rocktoria 2000 with 100.3 The Q.
When not rocking out with The Barretts, or her solo work, Cara is a music teacher (she really pretty much never stops playing music!!), a tattoo collector, and awesome lightning-in-a-bottle friend to many!!