Teilhard Frost

Take Note! Music House, address given upon reservation, Barrie, ON

The “season finale” of the Take Note! Music House “welcome back” series will be the multi-faceted multi-instrumentalist Teilhard Frost (best remembered by TNMH audience from Sheesham & Lotus). This will be on Friday, September 29 at 7:00 pm (doors – or garden gate – open at 6:30). Weather permitting, the concert will be on the back patio, or will be moved inside with windows wide open – so don’t forget to bring layers!

Suggested donation is $20, or pay-what-you-can, but reservations are required – please email concerts@takenotepromotion.com or call 705-305-1687 to book your seat and get the address. (A private home, just east of Barrie City Hall.) Teihard was originally booked to perform here in May, 2020. He’s been working on a new album in the meantime, so will have some new music to present, to make up for it!

Teilhard Frost

A multi-instrumentalist, instrument maker, and music educator, Teilhard Frost specializes in traditional Appalachian folk music. He was raised on Manitoulin Island in Northern Ontario, spending time with the elder fiddlers in the area. At the age of three he was given a jaw harp and harmonica by his father, his mother gave him a fiddle, and a record of Kentucky fiddle tunes. He has continued to play them all ever since.

Through the 1990s, Teilhard co-founded Afro-Cuban Son Montuno project Klavé Y Kongo, Subtonic Monks (improvisational art-music ensemble), Garrison Creek (CDN fiddle band), Flapjack (bush swing band), and Into The Woods (flute, percussion and didjeridu). He released the first Canadian solo album of didjeridu music, and recorded as a session musician in Toronto. Teilhard has toured the world with music as his ambassador for nearly 30 years.

Teilhard is a founding member of acclaimed act Sheesham, Lotus and ‘Son, who perform their highly entertaining show throughout Europe and North America. Together they have released 7 albums and have performed thousands of shows. Through excellent musicianship, stage antics, costume and lighting, Sheesham, Lotus and ‘Son have indelibly changed the way people think of old time folk music.

In 2020, Andy McLelland asked Sheesham, Lotus and ‘Son to record on a wire recorder a collection of songs he had written for a fictitious character, Hezekiah Proctor and the Hash House Serenaders. A short novel was written concerning the life and times of this Hezekiah which accompanies a box set of vinyl record albums. The quartet successfully completed a sold out tour of Western Europe in June of 2023.

Teilhard’s first solo ‘old time’ recording, ‘As the Crow Flies’, is a collection of traditional fiddle tunes and ballads with deep trans-Atlantic connections found in the Appalachian highlands.

‘Four and Twenty Blackbirds Dancing on a Fawn Skin’, Teilhard’s second album, awaits release in 2023. More of the old time Appalachian tunes and songs which span the Atlantic Ocean featuring gourd and early era banjos, mountain banjo, harmonica, jaw harp, fiddles and voice. The album also features Tom Power, Chris Coole, Scott Prouty, Jason Mercer, and Daragh Lynch.

Joining forces with Jason Mercer, Teilhard has recently released the Os Project, an album of instrumental dance music based on ancient banjo riffs. The West African 3 string Ekonting is the root, then baritone sax, electric bass and guitar, organ, drums and percussion play around that. Together, they have also created award winning sound tracks and incidental music for film, advertising spots, and live theatre.

Teilhard lives on Wolfe Island in the St. Lawrence River where he makes banjos, teaches old time music and enjoys family life with his partner and their two daughters.

Learn more, and sample some of his music at https://www.tfrostmusic.com