"With seven words, you took me there, I was standing exactly where you stood, and I knew the emotions that flooded your heart."
Hey Mavis is the husband-and-wife team of Laurie Michelle Caner (banjo/vocals/songwriting) and Ed Caner (fiddle/viola). With the addition of Brent Kirby (guitar/vocals/kick drum/harmonica) and Bryan Thomas (upright bass/Chank-o-matic 6000), Hey Mavis has become a runaway freight train that's caught on fire. Songs that capture the endless light of love, the beauty and heartache of motherhood and the fleeting nature of time... rhythms that rock the baby to sleep and get everyone else on their feet...solos that soar and vocals that always leave the audience wanting more.
In 2012, Hey Mavis earned a performance on the main stage of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival as a finalist in the annual Planet Bluegrass band competition.
REM/Smithereens/Red Clay Ramblers producer Don Dixon “discovered” Hey Mavis when they were featured on a 2009 Christmas compilation. Four months later, Dixon produced their debut CD, Red Wine. The CD immediately climbed the national Folk DJ-L radio charts, peaking at #5 for overall artist while the songs Red Light and Red Wine peaked at #5 and #9. The CD finished the year at #13 in Folk Alley’s "Top CD's of 2010" alongside new releases by Tim O’Brien, Peter Rowan, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Chieftains, and Bob Dylan.
Laurie was a founding member of the regionally-acclaimed female vocal group "The Rhondas" and has facilitated songwriting workshops at venues such as the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Lakeside, and First Night Akron. Eddie has performed worldwide with so many amazing artists...there is not enough room here to list them all, but, here are a few:
Guster, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Pete Wernick, Yonder Mountain String Band, Al Jarreau, Carly Simon, Leftover Salmon, Peter Rowan, Vassar Clemens, John Hartford, Tony Rice, Luciano Pavarotti, Mannheim Steamroller, Smokey Robinson, Natalie Cole, Mel Torme, The Moody Blues, Yes, The 3 Irish Tenors, Ray Price, Harry Connick, Jr., Maynard Ferguson, Trey Anastasio, Ekoostik Hookah, Chris Eldridge, Clyde Brooks, Benny Galloway
Our photos were taken by Shane Wynn at the quirky, awesome, retro superstore,
The Bomb Shelter, in Akron, Ohio.
You must check this place out!
Hey Mavis has had the privilege of headlining and performing at venues such as:
Telluride Bluegrass Festival (Telluride, CO)
Lock 3 (Akron, OH)
The Historic Taos Inn (Taos, NM)
Cain Park (Cleveland, OH)
Lancaster Music Festival (Lancaster, OH)
Jefferson Barracks (St. Louis, MO)
Myer's Memorial Bandshell (Ashland, OH)
Paw Paw Festival (Athens, OH)
Hoover Auditorium and Pavilion (Lakeside, OH)
Cuyahoga Valley National Park House Concert Series
Mill Creek Concert Series (Youngstown, OH)
Human Rights Coalition Annual Gala (Cleveland, OH)
First Night Akron (Akron, OH)
Akron Firestone Auditorium w/ the Firestone H.S. Orchestra (Akron, OH)
Howler's Cafe (Pittsburgh, PA)
Brookstock (Cleveland, OH)
Hey Mavis has been honored to perform as opening act for:
Yonder Mountain String Band, LC Pavilion (Columbus, OH)
Michael Stanley and The Boys From the County Hell at The House of Blues (Cleveland, OH)
Missy Raines and the New Hip, The Kent Stage (Kent, OH)
The Infamous String Dusters, The Beachland Ballroom (Cleveland, OH)
Arlo Guthrie, Lock 3 (Akron, OH)
photo by Shane Wynn