“Synergy is the interaction of forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual parts.” – an apt description for The Barley Jacks. The Barley Jacks sing original vocals and play jaw–dropping instrumentals in a spirit of excitement and fun. They are masters of the fiddle, guitar, bass and drum who meld their divergent backgrounds of blues and bluegrass, classical and Celtic, R & B and bebop to inspire each other and create something entirely new. Front-man and fiddler Brian Wicklund is joined by Joe Cruz–guitar, Kevin Rowe–bass, and Joel Arpin–percussion. These Minnesota–based veterans of years in the musical trenches enjoy making music together so much that they sometimes giggle like little kids completely lost in a moment of play. Virtuosity, magic and a little danger combine to make every performance unique.
“The concert last night by the Barley Jacks was just incredible. Everyone there knew we were seeing a world class performance by the quartet headed by Brian Wicklund who is one of the most talented and versatile violinists I have ever seen.” Denise Morris, –Sticks and Stones Festival, Mora, MN
"Wicklund is a deft original writer with a firm grounding in traditional acoustic styles." —Twin Cities Reader
“A big, powerful acoustic sound.” —Joan Kornblith, Voice of America
"Wonderful original tunes, gorgeous harmonies and a level of musicianship that few in the region can dream of matching." —Katryn Conlin, Inside Bluegrass