The Spillionaires

Bio

The Spillionaires are comprised of long-term friends and music lovers.  Individually, they have played hundreds of shows across North America. They banded together in 2014 with the main objective of having fun and enjoying some local craft brews.  The monthly routine turned into a weekly addiction and they decided that the best way to work through it was to get out and share with others.

Their comfortable, jovial on-stage demeanor and silky harmonies make it easy for audiences to relax and appreciate.  This has transformed the band from living room sweethearts into the good time, heel stompin, hoot-n-hollering juggernauts that you see today.  With well over 3 hours of music in their library this is truly a band for any occasion.

Currently The Spillionaires are on track to release their first EP of original material in 2019.


FullSizeRender Name: Matt Creed

Instrument: Upright Bass, Vocals

Started Playing Music: 1984

Joined the Spills: 2013

Other Musical Projects/Interests: Zap the Crook, Ninjas & Stuff

Chocolate or Vanilla: Chocolate

Hugs or High Fives: Hi-Fives.

Matt grew up in a musical family and started playing guitar at age 10. He formed his first band at 12. Early live performances ranged from singing in choir, jazz band, musicals, and community events. Matt played his first bar gig at the age of 16 and has since toured across Canada multiple times, from Halifax to Iqaluit to Dawson City and every stop in between. He has also played internationally on the West Coast US circuit. Currently, Matt is playing bass in a couple of projects and loves creating, performing, and the joy of building lifelong friendships with his musical peers.


FullSizeRender_4 Name: Melissa Elton

Instrument: Accordion, Vocals

Started playing music: in elementary school

Joined the Spills: 2014

Other musical projects/interests: Teaches singing, sound healing

Chocolate or vanilla: Chocolate!

High fives or hugs: consensual hugs

Melissa has been singing since she was wee. With training in voice, piano and viola, she then decided to teach herself the accordion in her late 20s. Some of her favourite genres to sing are jazz, musical theatre, pop, and of course bluegrass, folk, and a dash of country. She loves weaving harmonies into song arrangements, and playing from the heart. Singing and playing with The Spillionaires is one of the biggest joys in her life!



FullSizeRender_1 Name: Ryan Cranston

Instrument: Mandolin, Slide Guitar, Vocals

Started playing music: 1981

Joined the Spills: 2013

Other musical interests: Pedal steel guitar

Chocolate or vanilla: Chocolate AND Vanilla

High fives or hugs:  it’s okay to be a hugger

Al grew up on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Growing up he heard fiddle music and Hank Williams, Marty Robbins, and Sons of the Pioneers on the 8-track. Al started playing bass and guitar, and moved on to Uilleann pipes, mandolin, dobro and pedal steel guitar. He has done lots of musical theatre and children’s theatre and has always played in one band or other- never happier than in The Spillionaires.


Al Name: Al Haley

Instrument: Guitar, Vocals

Started Playing Music: Drums at 5 years old

Joined the Spills: 2017

Other Musical Projects/Interests: Saxophone

Chocolate or Vanilla: BOTH

Hugs or High Fives: BOTH

 


FullSizeRender_3 Name: Leah Barley

Instrument: Banjo, Vocals

Started playing music: Piano as a child, performing and writing in 20’s

Joined the Spills: 2017

Other musical projects/interests: solo singer/songwriter, guitar

Chocolate or vanilla: Chocolate!

High fives or hugs: definitely both                                                   

Saskatchewan-born, Ontario-raised, and now Vancouver-based, self-taught vocalist, banjo, and guitar player Leah Barley started her interest in the stage at a young age. Dancing and acting since grade school, Leah fell in love with Bluegrass and Old Time Country once she moved to Alberta in her early twenties. She bought herself a banjo and was writing and performing within two months. Since then Leah has recorded three EPs, toured throughout parts of Canada, performed at CBC Music Vancouver, JUNOFest, and even at the Whiskey a Go Go and Hotel Café in L.A (with the Wayward Hearts).  And now she’s having the best time ever playing with the Spillionaires.


 

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