Groundswell is a “coming together” of seasoned musicians who have all played in several bands over the years. Together they feel that they have found the right combination; from their first practice together they have felt a synergy that has continued to grow and thrive. The members of this group have been involved in various musical projects over the years, playing a variety of music, from cover songs to original compositions. With a nice mix of female and male vocal talents, Groundswell can tackle a wide variety of genres, and are able to adapt their song selection to fit the needs of any performance. They can play a tender ballad, a familiar old rocking’ dance tune, or something more modern. They refuse to categorize themselves as a band that plays only a certain type of music. Their members are based in and around the Oceanside area, except for keyboardist Adrian Proctor who resides in the Cowichan Valley.
Meg Keene - Lead Vocals
Megan Keene is a singer, choir leader, and musician, who has a passion for creating better, stronger, and healthier community through sharing music. She has been co-leader of the Sound Connection Choir for 5 and a half years, and has offered personalized Arts in Healthcare programs in the Oceanside community. Megan was a vocalist in the Original Indie band Counting Time, and is excited to take the position of lead vocals in Groundswell
In 2015 Megan completed the intensive Choir Leadership Training Program in Victoria B.C. and the SongShineTM Certification training in May 2016
Doug Pickard - Drums & Vocals
Doug started on the drums at the tender age of 12. As no one else ever wanted to sing, he learned from the start to sing while playing the drums simultaneously. He has played in a variety of bands over the years, slowly coming to realizing the addictive quality of playing music and the inability to resist its lure… Besides a host of cover bands, Doug was fortunate to have the opportunity to record an album with the original Indie band Counting Time. After this Doug helped form the popular Rumble Beach cover band, with whom he played two consecutive street dance parties for the Qualicum Beach Show and Shine event. Doug is excited for the future with Groundswell…
Jim Sinclair - Guitar/Coffee Machine
Jim has been playing guitar in many musical groups since the 1960s.
Following some high school 1962-4 fun, the first serious band was The BroomTown Band, 1965. (Also, played bass in some bands in the Starlite Lounge in Victoria.)
BroomTown had many performances around the Island, plus the battle of the bands, coming close to winning best group in B.C.
Then, he was the guitarist in many bands in Sidney (Shandy) and Victoria (The Cascades & Woodshed) during the 1970s. Continuing with recordings with various musicians, including some radio advertising.
Since moving to Parksville, has been performing with Exit 51, Rumble Beach and now the New and Exciting Groundswell.
Jey Young - Bass/Guitar/Vocals
Multi-instrumentalist Jey Young is originally from Edmonton, AB. In addition to a long list of cover bands he played for the original pop/rock group Muffler whose album “Hey Kids, Listen Up” was released in 1998, and the hard blues rockers Automata releasing their album “Butterfly Eyes” in 2008. Since moving to Vancouver Island he’s played violin with the Cowichan Camerata String Orchestra, bass & fiddle with the Oceanside Jammers, and bass with the rock group Counting Time before joining forces with Groundswell.
Adrian Proctor - Keyboards
Adrian Proctor is the keyboardist for Groundswell. Adrian is originally from Duncan B.C. and started playing piano at the age of 10. In 1985 Adrian moved to Calgary for a career in Information Technology and lived there for 30 years, then moved back to Duncan in the fall of 2015.
While in Calgary Adrian played keyboards with several classic rock cover bands including Reality Check, Pajama Joe, The Dwellers, Roomer Hazzit, and CryBaby. Adrian was also a member of the original pop/rock band The Basement Files in Calgary, whose self-titled album is now available on CDBaby and iTunes.