The Lonesome Ace Stringband brings grit, skill and abandon to old-time, Appalachian folk songs and fiddle/banjo tunes. These are songs and tunes for life and all of it’s occasions: festivals, dances, wars, parties and funerals. The music comes from a tradition that has inspired and brought together generations of people. It’s themes - love, loss, hard work and hardship, faith, and everyday life - speak to everyone.
The members are Chris Coole on banjo, John Showman on fiddle and Max Heineman on bass. Together they bring a deep respect for the roots of the music, a keen sense of innovation to the performance and material, and a passion for the sound that transcends both. This is old-time music for today's old soul.
Chris Coole is a cracker-jack banjo picker who has been on the old-time and roots music scene for going on 20 years.
John Showman is known as one of Canada's finest fiddle players, a strong and versatile musician best-known for his work with the Foggy Hogtown Boys, New Country Rehab and Creaking Tree String Quartet.
Max Heineman's powerful and unique voice carries the listener straight to the heart of the music, with a timeless quality entirely his own yet one that hearkens back to the classic folk and country singers that have shaped the style.