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November 24, 2005

Canadian Blues Rocker Heads Out on Tour

Written by
cindy mcleod

Matt Minglewood, the award-winning blues rocker, recently returned from a Canadian Armed Forces show where he performed for 1,500 soldiers in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan.

The Nova Sotia native was heavily impacted by the trip, citing unbearable conditions in the war torn areas. “It was an unbelievable experience,”said Minglewood. “You are playing for 1,500 people while there are 1,500 rifles and machine guns on the floor.
There was gunfire between our songs, I discovered over there the Canadian soldier is the best-trained, most educated soldier in the world.”

Minglewood is known for his eclectic style and his songwriting abilities. His discography numbers over a dozen recordings, and he’s been recognized for his efforts with multiple awards including the Maple Blues Award, several ECMA awards, two Juno nominations, and an honourary doctorate from UCCB. He has performed and recorded with such luminaries as Colin James, Charlie Musselwhite, Jeff Healy, and Downchild Blues Band among the many, and one of his compositions was recorded by southern-rock legend Charlie Daniels.

Matt Minglewood

Now safely back home in Canada, Minglewood will head out on tour today, and will make appearances in Alberta from Dec. 1-3. He will return overseas to perform for Canadian Forces stationed in Israel and Egypt from Dec. 5-17. He’s back in more familiar territory Dec. 28 when he performs at the Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay.

for more information visit www.mattminglewood.com.

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