The Flyers made five albums for Boot 1977-81: Light - Medium - Heavy (BBG-6000), Cheaper to Lease (BBG-6002), the wholely instrumental Just Pickin' (BBG-6004), For Our Friends (BBG-6007), and Five by Five (BBG-6017) A sixth, Business As Usual (BBG-6021), followed in 1987. Other Flyers recordings include New Horizons (1983, Stony Plain SPL-1077) and Live at the Wellington Tavern (1990, Flat Top Music FTMC-001, cass), the latter drawn from weekly Flyers broadcasts that began in 1989 on CJBX-FM, London.
By their longevity, versatility, and what Palmer has described as an evolutionary rather then revolutionary approach to the idiom, the Flyers have been Canada's most prominent bluegrass band, performing at festivals (Mariposa, Winnipeg, Bluegrass Canada, Festival of Friends, etc), fairs, nightclubs and universities across the country. They were the host band in 1985 for CFPL-TV's 'Bluegrass Express' and have appeared on 'The Tommy Hunter Show' and many other Canadian country TV series. In 1989 they took over direction of the Back 40 Bluegrass Festival at Woodstock, Ont. They also have performed in the USA - eg, at Bill Monroe's Bean Blossom (Ind) Festival in 1983 and on several occasions at the Flint (Mich) Folk and Bluegrass Festival.
Roberts, Owen. 'New rebels maintain tradition - the Dixie Flyers,' Canadian Bluegrass Review, Oct-Nov 1979
Axman, Linda and Bieman, Dan. 'The Dixie Flyers: new sounds and new horizons celebrating their 10th anniversary,' Canadian Bluegrass Review, Aug-Sep 1984
Larmand, Laurelle. 'The Dixie Flyers: 15 years of hard driving bluegrass,' Bluegrass Canada Magazine, vol 1, May-Jun 1989
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