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January 18, 2007

Calgary Hosts The First Canadian Blues Divas Showcase

Written by
cindy mcleod

Canadian blues music news

Calgary Presenters Host Inaugural ‘Canadian Blues Divas’ Weekend

The Calgary Blues Music Association is kicking off their 2007 ongoing concert season with the inaugural ‘Canadian Blues Divas Showcase’, the first annual event dedicated to the great blues vocal talents in Canada. Headlining in this year’s event are two of Canada’s first ladies of blues, Georgette Fry and Dawn Tyler Watson.

The ‘Canadian Blues Divas Showcase’ runs Friday, Jan. 26 and Saturday, Jan. 27, and includes two nights of concert performances, a master vocal class taught by the artists, a singing competition, and two dance parties.

Starring two of Canada’s finest blues singers, Georgette Fry and Dawn Tyler Watson, these first ladies of blues will perform two nights of concerts backed by the legendary Amos Garrett & the Eh Team, Friday & Saturday evenings.

On Saturday afternoon Fry and Watson will teach a master class, focusing on singing blues music in an ensemble setting and sharing their wisdom and experience of being a blues vocalist in the industry today.

Following the master class, the vocalists will sit as judges in the final step of the “Singing the Blues” competition, where competitors will perform live for the judges and an audience. The winner selected will appear at the 2007 Calgary International Blues Festival in August (23-26), and takes home a cash prize.

Singer/songwriter Georgette Fry, the latest recipient of CBC’s “the Great Canadian Blues Award,” earned a JUNO nomination with her debut CD release in 1995, and has captured numerous awards, armloads of nominations, and legions of fans ever since. A veteran performer on the festival and concert circuit, Georgette receives critical acclaim wherever she performs.

Dawn Tyler Watson, who recently returned from performing in Moscow, gained international fame in 1997 with three songs on a Preservation Records compilation CD. In 2001 she released her own debut “Ten Dollar Dress,” and has since garnered fifteen Maple Blues Award nominations, and in 2006 won the award for “Vocalist of The Year.”

Amos Garrett and the Eh Team will be backing Georgette Fry and Dawn Tyler Watson for the two night’s of concerts, as well as performing for the Dance Parties after the shows. The versatile group will also be accompanying the competitors of the Singing the Blues competition.

for more information visit: www.calgarybluesfest.com

Canadian Blues Divas Showcase
Georgette Fry and Dawn Tyler Watson
with Amos Garrett & the Eh Team
Friday & Saturday, January 26 & 27
Bowness Sportsplex / Calgary

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