Thomas Beard

Proudly hailing from Wingham, Ontario, Thomas  is currently based in Montreal, Quebec, where he is principal cellist of l’Orchestre de l’Agora and assistant principal cellist of l’Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke. Following Bachelor of Music studies at Wilfrid Laurier University (with Paul Pulford) and McGill University (Yegor Dyachkov), Thomas then completed an Artist Diploma and Master of Music Performance at McGill University, continuing with Yegor Dyachkov.

Highlighted orchestral experience includes performances with the National Academy Orchestra, l’Orchestre classique de Montréal, Ensemble Classico-Moderne, FILMharmonique, l’Orchestre symphonique du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, L’Orchestre Philharmonique et Choeur des Mélomanes, as well as the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.

Outside the classical realm, Thomas has enjoyed collaborations with singer/songwriters and Juno award-winners Mike Rud and Shari Ulrich, and shared the stage with folk musician Kyrie Kristmanson, popular artist Gabriella, as well as a variety of independent bands.

He has also recorded with experimental ambient sound artist Tim Hecker for the BBC 2 mini series ‘The North Waters’, and is one of the cellists for the Netflix/Fever immersive experience of, ‘The Queen’s Ball: A Bridgerton Experience’.

Thomas plays on a cello made by Pietro Antonio Cateni (c. 1790-1810) and a bow made by François Malo, provided graciously to him by CANIMEX INC., from Drummondville (Quebec) Canada.

Andrew Dolson

Andrew is a singer and guitar player from Waterloo Ontario.
With an eclectic taste for music he can be found performing locally solo or with his band High Street.
Prior to the pandemic he was a proud duo partner for Liona Boyd.
Together they toured Canada playing shows from as far as Salt Spring Island toTruro!

During his time at Wilfrid Laurier University Dolson studied Classical Guitar with Terry McKenna and Opera with James Westman.
Excited that live music is beginning to flourish again, Andrew is grateful to be playing here in the Kincardine Music Festival.