Ray Legere
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Ray Legere
Ray Legere and his band Acoustic Horizon on stage at the 2015 Tottenham Bluegrass Festival

Ray Legere is a Canadian bluegrass fiddler,[1] mandolinist[2][3] and band leader from Sackville, New Brunswick.[4]

Early life

Legere was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia.[5] His father taught him to play the mandolin when he was ten years old.[5] When he was sixteen he was called unexpectedly to fill in for Bill Monroe when the famous mandolinist became ill before a concert.[5]


As a young man, Legere played in the Wyatt Rice band in the late 1970s.[6] In 1987, he joined the Lonesome River Band.[7]

In 1990, Legere played fiddle on the album The Lynn Morris Band.[8][9] In 1992 he toured with Michelle Shocked.[10]

In 1998, Larry LeBlanc of Billboard magazine named him as one of Canada's leading bluegrass musicians.[11] In 2012 he performed at the Canso Stanfest.[12]

Legere joined the celtic fusion ensemble Bowfire, and recorded on their self-titled CD, which was released in 2003. He toured with this group for several years.[13][14]

In 2014 Legere played mandolin on Jared Lutes' album A Matter of When.[2] and played fiddle on the album Bill Emerson and the Sweet Dixie Band.[15] His band Acoustic Horizon performed at the 2015 Tottenham Bluegrass Festival.[16] Legere also performed in the third video of the United Breaks Guitars trilogy.[17]

Leger performed with the band Grasstic Measures on the 2016 festival circuit; that year he was also inducted into the New Brunswick Country Hall of Fame.[5]


  • Lynn Morris Band - with Lynn Morris (1990)
  • River of No Return with Roger Williams (Strictly Country, 1996)[18]
  • Newmarket Gap, with Wyatt Rice [19]
  • Blue Roses - with Rita McNeil (2004)[20]
  • A Matter of When - with Jared Lutes (2014)
  • Bill Emerson and the Sweet Dixie Band - with Bill Emerson (2014)
  • Drop Forge - with Jim Dorrie (2014)[21]


  1. ^ Neal Walters; Brian Mansfield (1998). MusicHound Folk: The Essential Album Guide. Visible Ink. ISBN 978-1-57859-037-7.
  2. ^ a b Bob Mersereau, "Jared Lutes - A Matter Of When". East Coast Music, Wed, Mar 12, 2014, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
  3. ^ Jazz Education Journal. International Association for Jazz Education. 2003. p. 37.
  4. ^ http://raylegere.com/phone/about.html
  5. ^ a b c d "Ray Legere to be inducted into NB Country Music Hall of Fame". Amherts News Citizen Record, September 8, 2016
  6. ^ Vladimir Bogdanov; Chris Woodstra; Stephen Thomas Erlewine (2003). All Music Guide to Country: The Definitive Guide to Country Music. Backbeat Books. pp. 637-. ISBN 978-0-87930-760-8.
  7. ^ Appalachian Journal. 1992. p. 427.
  8. ^ Kurt Wolff; Orla Duane (2000). Country Music: The Rough Guide. Rough Guides. pp. 241-. ISBN 978-1-85828-534-4.
  9. ^ Disc Collector. 1990. p. 27.
  10. ^ "Review/Pop; The Past Without Nostalgia". New York Times, By JON PARELES October 13, 1992
  11. ^ "Bluegrass Enjoys Popularity of Grassroots, Indie Population"Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (11 April 1998). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 1-. ISSN 0006-2510.
  12. ^ "Stanfest gets dazzling start". Chronicle Herald, By Stephen Cooke July 1, 2012 -
  13. ^ "The Bowfire Group: Strings On Fire". All About Jazz, By Gref Henry Waters. May 23, 2008
  14. ^ " Bowfire Bowfire". AllMusic, Review by Rick Anderson
  15. ^ "Echoes"Bluegrass Unlimited. Bluegrass Unlimited. 2008. Volume 42.
  16. ^ "Bluegrass music in a natural setting - and summer has arrived!". New Tecumseth Times, June 25, 2015
  17. ^ Patricia Swann (18 February 2014). Cases in Public Relations Management: The Rise of Social Media and Activism. Routledge. pp. 254-. ISBN 978-1-134-06027-6.
  18. ^ "Best Music Of 1996". December 08, 1996|By David Duckman
  19. ^ "Album Review". QX104, Jason Ankeny from Rovi
  20. ^ "Rita MacNeil-CD-BLUE ROSES-In Review". Atlantic Seabreeze, By John Gavin, Monday, October 11, 2004
  21. ^ "Music Review: Jim Dorie - Drop Forge". East Coast Music with Bob Mersereau, CBC New Brunswick. Wed, Jun 4, 2014.

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