Bardic Form is an Edmonton-based acoustic guitar duo who blend folk, Latin, metal and classical music into a high-energy and unparalleled performance. From outdoor festivals to living rooms, concert halls to coffee houses, they are a rare gem performing something truly different and unforgettable that has left audiences speechless and on their feet.
Both Justin and Reece draw inspiration from intense and exciting melodic riffs in folk and power metal, beautiful and lulling passages in classical and global music, as well as the inexplicable and untraceable expression that comes from playing an instrument. These elements become fused in what has been agreed to be a unique, innovative, and captivating playing style and performance.
Bardic Form plays with a passion and energy that drove them to their unique sound. Justin and Reece perform original compositions, sets and arrangements of traditional tunes, and their performance is as dynamic as their influences to keep your attention from the start. They incorporate influences from Celtic traditional tunes and sets (including the use of the Celtic whistle), Eastern European melodies and progressions, percussive rhythmic flavours of Flamenco, and intense passages from melodic metal. Another prominent aspect of their music is the incorporation of dynamics, which can be excellently portrayed by the acoustic guitar. Each song is painstakingly crafted, and they are continually pushing themselves to explore and experiment with their intuitive complementary styles
They found that the expression of an instrument contains so much more flexibility of interpretation and context, which allows them to get something a little different from each melody depending on how they feel. The majority of their music thus far is instrumental, however each of their compositions offers something uniquely accessible by their audiences. This allows everyone to take away something different and personal from Bardic Form’s music. It is this intimate and dynamic connection with music that they wish to share with their audiences.
Bardic Form also has the ability to create connection and rapport quickly with an audience through the use of wordless interaction while they play, as well as their down-to-Earth humour and comfortable, conversational patter in between songs. They have received glowing feedback from people of all ages and walks of life. They value personal and real-life connections with their audiences, and seek to foster a sense of community between the listener and the artist, as well as inter-disciplinary networking and support between artists of all media, venues and small businesses, and anyone that wishes to be involved in a supportive community.
Justin and Reece instantly realized that they could weave effortlessly into each other's music, and their complementary playing styles came to them instinctively. Together they found common inspiration and aspiration, which fused them together as a dynamic and exciting duo that you will certainly remember.