Adam Dobres is a folk-oriented guitarist with a fluid talent and adaptive sensibility. Born in Canada and currently living on Pender Island in British Columbia, he has toured all over the world – with acts ranging from folk ensemble The Ruth Moody Band to pop rock singer Toni Childs. In 2016, he stepped into the spotlight with his eponymous debut album, earning him a nomination for Instrumental Artist of the Year at the West Coast Music Awards.
As a young man, Adam started out playing classical guitar, before discovering Celtic music, which would prove a vibrant and enduring influence. He went on to study jazz at Vancouver Island University, but left after one year to accept a gig touring the American South. During this period he was exposed to Cajun music, an experience that deepened Adam’s appreciation for folk music of all kinds.
Over the course of his professional career, Adam has been the featured guitarist for many bands. He’s played with Dustin Bentall’s alt-country group, worked closely with Cameron Latimer, and supported singer-songwriter Ridley Bent both on tour and on five albums. Together with Pharis Romero, Oliver Swain and Kendel Carson, he’s toured North America as part of old time string band Outlaw Social. He also has a special place in his heart for beloved vocal group The Wailin' Jennies, with whom he's toured across America and played on the acclaimed radio show, Prairie Home Companion.
Adam has shared a very special collaboration spanning many years with celebrated fiddler Daniel Lapp, starting in his fiddle orchestra at the age of fifteen and nowadays joining him around the world. They’ve played together in Glasgow at the Celtic Connections Festival, at the Celtic Colors Festival in Cape Breton, and once opened together for legendary lrish folk band The Chieftains.
As of 2016, Adam is playing in a new Celtic trio called 3TíR with Pierre Schryer on fiddle and Dermot Byrne (who played with beloved Irish traditional group Altan) on button accordion. Inspired by folk music from Ireland, Eastern Europe, and France — tíR is an Irish word meaning “land” – these three friends weave magic out of both traditional and original material. They recently toured from Victoria to Newfoundland, and expect to record an album together in 2018.
Adam has been hard at work on his latest project for many months and is excited to unveil it in 2018. Serenely situated in the forest near his home, he has built a beautiful clay-walled recording studio. His guiding principle is that music has the power to convey the mystery and beauty of life, and to bridge all cultural boundaries.