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April<br/>Wine Yakudo Drummers Rick Rossini

Rick Mercer April Wine

It all began in Nova Scotia late in 1969. The Henman brothers, David and Ritchie, got together with their cousin Jim Henman and fellow musician Myles Goodwyn to form a band called April Wine, a name chosen simply because they were two words that sounded good together. Fifteen studio albums, three live releases, numerous compilations, a boxed set and thousands of concerts later April Wine has become enormously popular in Canada, the United States and throughout the world.

Singer, guitarist, writer, producer and leader of the band, Myles' passion and drive shaped and directed the group from its earliest beginnings. He is the only remaining original member of the group since the inception of April Wine in 1969.

After the departure of the Henman brothers, Jerry Mercer of Mashmakhan was recruited and added to the lineup in 1973 to replace Ritchie Henman on drums. Jerry was a veteran drummer, becoming a mainstay while the band's lineup finally solidified during the late 70's.

Believe it or not, Jerry used to be a cattle farmer and a computer programmer for IBM before deciding to quit and become a full time drummer! He's sometimes jokingly referred to as "Mr. Clean," because of the shaved head that resembles the character on the cleaner. Jerry's live drum solos are legendary, often accompanied by a relentless strobe-induced light show.

In an attempt to get back to a "harder edged" sound, April Wine "stole" Brian Greenway away from his part time forklift job and added him to the group in 1977 during the recording of First Glance. A versatile performer, Brian's raspy voice adds a distinct edge to the background vocals and provides perfect harmony with Myles' equally distinctive lead vocals.

Brian began his musical career playing in such bands as The Primitive, The Cheeque, All The Young Dudes and Mashmakhan. Brian's main duties are guitar and backing vocals, but also contributes to the song writing with his songs like Before The Dawn, which is always a crowd favorite at live performances from the Harder...Faster album and Holiday and In Your World on the new Back To The Mansion CD. Brian's favorite guitar solo he has recorded is on Sign Of The Gypsy Queen from The Nature Of The Beast CD.

Breen Leboeuf’s musical career began in earnest when he recorded a first album with the progressive group Chimo in 1970. He went on to play with other Toronto area groups including Southcote, Motherlode, and Brutus. Early in 1978, he relocated to Montreal to join cult rock group Offenbach. After three solo albums and a number of diverse collaborations, including a 2 year stint as bassist/back vocalist with Celine Dion, Breen was delighted when longtime friend Jerry Mercer invited him to climb onboard April Wine.

In 2008, April Wine enters into their 38th year as a band . . . . quite an accomplishment for any rock n' roll band!


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