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Jack de Keyser, Blues Legend, Coming to Harbour Street Fish Bar

This Saturday the Jack de Keyser band will return to our area to play the Harbour Street Fish Bar in Collingwood.  This two-time Juno winner and seven times recipient of a Maple Blues Award has been referred to by a U.S. publication as “a coveted super-hero in Canada”.   Jeff Healey’s assessment of Jack de Keyser as “The finest blues guitarist in Canada” is shared by many, including Bob Dylan, who commented,  “If Jack de Keyzer was from Chicago, New York or LA, he’d be famous”. Kathy Pellizzi, writing in Los Angeles Film & Music agrees: “If you think the hippest, hottest bands are coming out of Los Angeles, you are mistaken!   More power to Jack de Keyzer, come show the Americans what we’ve been missing!” 

Playing over 120 shows per year, he has been called “the master of live performance”.  The power of his recorded output, including the two Juno wins, is that he records live off the floor to capture the magic of his live shows and his great band.

Although he is known primarily for his guitar playing, he’s also been praised for his song writing and vocals.  .   Ruth Schweitzer in  Maple Blues magazine said “Multi-talented Jack de Keyzera gifted songwriter, a mean guitarist and a smooth, sultry singer”.    He won first prize in the 2007 International Songwriting Competition for his song “That’s the Only Time”.

The Thursday Outlook – Feb. 16 to 19, 2016

The next three nights in Meaford offer some familiar local talents.

Tyler Yarema joins Chris Scerri’s Thursday jam at The Leeky

Tyler Yarema, though not officially local, has adopted Meaford as his second home and he’ll be dropping in to The Leeky Canoe tonight to help Chris Scerri host his weekly open stage, which is now on Thursday nights.  It should be fun.

Drew McIvor at The Red Door Friday

Friday night at the Red Door Grille, Drew McIvor, will be performing from seven to ten.  He is a great local talent who doesn’t often perform in downtown Meaford and this relatively small room will be an ideal place to introduce yourself to him if you haven’t seen him perform.  He combines a professionalism with an engaging personality, augmented by great vocals, playing and songwriting, so you owe it to yourself to check him out.

And on Saturday night, another Drew, this time former Canadian Idol finalist Drew Wright, is also another local talent whose professionalism and chops sound like they should be in a much larger venue.  It’s always great to see talent of this calibre in a small room.

Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar rock your soul Saturday at The Marsh St. Centre

A show this Saturday at The Marsh Street Centre comes highly recommended, with Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar.  Reviewers consistently cite the power of Samantha’s voice as the sound of an authentic and powerful soul, and with this band she’s provided with a setting that brackets her voice with a pair of equally impressive backup singers, making for an evening of powerful and moving harmonies.

Time travel with The Vaudevillian Friday at The Bruce Wine Bar

Bruce Wine Bar in Thornbury always brings in great acts for their dinner shows and this Friday night it is a unique treat in the form of a small band that calls themselves The Vaudevillian.  They specialize in old style jazz done up in a jug band style with excellent musicianship.

The Harbour Street Fish Bar in Collingwood has been bringing in some pretty stellar talents, particularly blues players.  Tonight it’s Chuck Jackson, singer and harmonica player.  Meaford audiences were impressed by him last summer when he played Meaford Hall as part of The Downchild Blues Band He’s just back from a couple of weeks in Costa Rica playing gigs with Tyler Yarema.  With both of them visiting our shores this weekend, the weatherman has promised some warm weather so the change won’t be too great a shock.

Wild T kisses the sky at the Harbour St. Fish Bar

On Friday Wild T. and The Spirit will be at The Harbour Street Fish Bar.  Tony Springer (Wild T) is a true guitar legend, originally known for his ability to channel Jimi Hendrix.  Throughout his 25 years as a performer he has inspired many great artists, including David Bowie and the late Jeff Healey.

The Harbour Street Fish Bar is a place to keep your eye on, with a lot more great music coming up in the near future, including The Johnny Max Band, Jerome Godboo, Jack de Keyser and Cheryl Lescom, among others.  They also feature a grooving house band built around Tamica Herod.

Mudtown Records’ fifth annual mid-winter festival Lupercalia is happening this weekend at Heartwood Hall.  This is a truly unique celebration of local music that covers a wide spectrum of sounds and ideas in an innovative and culturally enriching way.  Mudtown is another one of those organizations that, driven by passion and imagination, contribute so much to the cultural fabric of our area.

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