JB & The Saturday Nights

Our Story. . .

JB and the Saturday Nights are Ottawa's original roots, soul, and celtic influenced band. Blending interesting and unique instrumentation with catchy songwriting, this group always bring the smiles and get folks moving on the dance floor.

The Saturday Nights element is comprised of the McGuire brothers, Chris (keys) and D'Arcy (percussion instruments). The two grew up in a large family in Sudbury (hence the nod to Stompin' Tom’s tribute to the Nickel Capital, 'Sudbury Saturday Night"!). Family jam sessions were standard fare for any occasion in the McGuire house, with a strong influence of Irish folk songs and traditional Irish music. D'Arcy will regularly break out the bodhran at gigs and it just makes an audience go crazy. The McGuire bros are long time staples in Ottawa's Irish folk music culture, jamming their schedules for St Patrick’s week year after year, and providing music for events. 

JB (Joe Brownrigg) is a prolific songwriter and performing veteran of the Ottawa music scene. He has been regularly releasing albums over the last decade and has compiled an impressive catalog of original music. Joe also brings tunes to the show from some of his favorite songwriting influences and folk heroes, like Townes van Zandt, Tom Waits, Steve Earle, and Guy Clark. He's known to break out the banjo, mandolin, and sometimes the classic resonator guitar, giving listeners an eclectic mix of ear candy. Joe also brings songs and stories derived from his years as a city police officer, connecting with and inspiring audiences in new ways.

The band recently finished their first studio recording, a collection of original songs titled Here To Stay. Featured on the album are a number of young and up and coming artists. Molly McGuire provides vocals and Irish whistle, while Martin McLaren adds some pretty darn soulful sax. The band also brought in Mike Yates (Amos The Transparent) for some cello work. The album was recorded at Joe's home studio The Cheese Factory, and was then brought for mix and mastering at Philip Shaw Bova's Bova Lab Studio. The album takes you through a journey of sounds ranging through Motown inspired pop dittys, classic blues jams, and east coast styles.