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September 15, 2005

Blues Guitarist/Vocalist Dutch Mason

Written by
cindy mcleod

Canadian Hall of Famer Dutch Mason was officially invested in the Order of Canada yesterday. The bluesman, known as the Prime Minister of the Blues, was honoured at a ceremony held in Halifax, N.S. presided over by Lt. Governor Myra Freeman, who presented the award on behalf of Governor General Adrienne Clarkson.

Mason, a 67 year old resident of Truro, was unable to travel to Ottawa for a ceremony in early June as he suffers from crippling arthritis. He said receiving the award was “the biggest thing that ever happened to me.”

Norman (Dutch) Mason, guitarist/pianist/singer, was born in 1938 in Lunenberg, N.S. and went on to become recognized for his many contributions over a career that spans 52 years. A recording artist with a lengthy discography, he is one of the original inductees of the Canadian Jazz and Blues Hall of Fame. Dutch made his mark touring Canada during the late 60’s and early 70’s with his Dutch Mason Trio, which included bassist Ronnie Miller and drummer Ken Clattenburg. He is one of the country’s most highly regarded musicians, and considered instrumental in establishing the blues scene, influencing a whole generation of young blues musicians.

The great B.B. King was so taken with Dutch’s musicianship he gave him the moniker of ‘Prime Minister of the Blues’.

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