The Band

Dave is an alumnus of several east-coast bands, most notably ‘Surfire’ - a band that Dave lead to Owensboro, KY for the Pizza Hut International Bluegrass Showdown. He also is an accomplished composer, and several of his original songs have been recorded by himself and other luminaries of the bluegrass field. His search for bluegrass musicians has led him in many directions, and since moving to Ontario, he has been re-united with several of his old picking friends, and made several new ones.

Steve Hanes comes to the band via a chance meeting at a jam session where he met Dave for the first time. Steve’s interest in bluegrass music started in 1976, and he’s played in several Ontario bands including ‘Maple Hill’ and ‘Northwind’ before joining ‘40 West’ in November 1996. Steve plays banjo and resophonic guitar in the band, and sings the low harmony parts.

Mike Maynard on mandolin, and Bill Lansdell on bass round out the foursome. Both bring strong vocal skills to the band, and both have worked in many award winning southern Ontario bands in the past, including Blue Mule, Grassworks, Hardwood, and Border City Bluegrass. Mike is a repeat winner of "Entertainer of The Year" at the Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards, and Bill has several "Bass Player of The Year" awards to his credit.

40 West plays both traditional and contemporary bluegrass music in a fresh and exciting style.

“...40 West is already in the ranks of the top Ontario bluegrass bands.”
- Townships Bluegrass and Old-Tyme Music Society’s Monthly ‘Pot Belly’ Newsletter

“This band has a great future ahead of them. Like good Kentucky bourbon, 40 West will only improve with age. Watch for them at a local festival near you this coming season.” - Bill Henry: The Ottawa Valley Bluegrass Music Association’s ‘Grass Clippings’ Newsletter

“The music (at the Western Adirondacks Bluegrass Festival) for the most part was excellent; especially impressive 40 West from Ottawa.” - Bill Knowlton: "BLUEGRASS RAMBLE": WCNY-FM: SYRACUSE, UTICA, WATERTOWN NY

header photo courtesy of Simon Lunn