Our Story

Black Angus is about good friends, good humour, and good songs. Their enthusiastic performances take listeners from Vancouver Island to Ireland and back again, fueled by collaboration, innovation, and a sheer enjoyment of what they do.

Gareth Hurwood is the voice, the guitar, the poetry, and the passion. Alex MacCuaig is the driving force on upright bass and harmonies. Sarah Tradewell on fiddle brings traditional fire and grace, while Tom Salter on drums ties up the package with his focused drive and irresistible beat. Two regular Black Angus collaborators are the incomparable Chris Van Sickle on keys and the virtuosic James Whittall on mandolin. 

Black Angus offers a variety of material from foot-stomping folk songs to poignant lyrical poetry. Their variety of ensembles, centred around the duo of Hurwood and MacCuaig, offer great stage presence and a camaraderie that is instantly communicated to audiences. Black Angus is devoted to the authenticity of “good songs” that speak to their artistic hearts, and is near-impossible to pigeon-hole: traditional & contemporary Irish, acoustic roots, Americana, West Coast Celtic, blues, and old-time are all part of the Black Angus sound.  

Black Angus has been honoured to work with: Ivonne Hernandez (fiddle), Daniel Lapp (fiddle), Jesse Cobb (mandolin), Emma Loy (fiddle), Patrick M'Gonigle (fiddle), Moritz Behm (fiddle), Nellie Quinn (fiddle), Matt Bromley (slide guitar), Paul O'Brien (guitar/mandolin), Craig Moddle (harmonica), Andrew Morris (bodhran), Mike Roma (banjo), Ronald Bell (piano), Dougal Bain McLean (fiddle), Calvin Cairns (fiddle), and Leah Winters (fiddle).

Gareth Hurwood
Vocals/Guitar
Alex MacCuaig
Upright Bass/Vocals
Sarah Tradewell
Fiddle
Tom Salter
Drums