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February 23, 2007

Toronto Blues Society Presents 21st Annual Guitar Workshop

Written by
cindy mcleod

Canadian blues music news


Maple Blues 21st Annual Guitar Workshop
Doug Cox, host
Hugh’s Room / Toronto
2-6 pm

Guitarists Will Perform Using the Six String Nation Guitar

The Toronto Blues Society holds the 21st Annual Guitar Workshop for novice through seasoned players on Sunday, Feb 25 from 2-6 pm at Hugh’s Room. The event will be hosted by Vancouver slide guitar and dobro master Doug Cox, who will be joined by Sam Hurrie, Mel Brown, Lance Reegan-Diehl, Suzie Vinnick and drummer Bucky Berger for the event.

The annual workshop, part of Toronto Blues Society’s ongoing programme, is designed for both novice and seasoned guitarists as well as blues enthusiasts. The assembled line-up will talk about and demonstrate techniques, styles, and influences, and answer questions. They will also perform using the Six String Nation guitar, made of more than 60 pieces that are significant aspects of history or culture from across the country.

Doug Cox has carved an a diverse career as a recording and touring artist, he was the first Canadian Dobro player to be invited to perform at the prestigious ‘Dobrofest’ in Slovakia, and has fronted many groups and worked as a sideman with Canadian Bluesman Ken Hamm, American Songwriter Chuck Brodsky, the late British Blues Icon Long John Baldry, and most recently guitar string-bender Amos Garrett. An acclaimed educator, Doug has produced a series of instructional video-CD-book packages to teach slide guitar, dobro and blues playing.

Sam Hurrie has been playing acoustic Delta and Piedmont style blues for almost forty years. In his youth, Sam played R&B in Toronto, toured the U.S.
playing college gigs, opened for super bands Blood, Sweat and Tears, and jammed with many of the greats of the period including Jimi Hendrix. Sam has just released two CDs: an electric Blues album with The Sam Hurrie Band and his acoustic, mostly original album, Goin’ Down Camp, his first solo CD.

Suzie Vinnick was the big winner at this year’s Maple Blues Awards, picking up three trophies. Vinnick has been featured nationally on CBC Radio on Holger Petersen’s show Saturday Night Blues and on Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Café, and has performed across Canada and the US, and for Canadian Peacekeepers in Bosnia and the Persian Gulf.

Best known for his decade-plus stint in support of Bobby “Blue” Bland, Mel Brown channels elements of soul, funk, and jazz to create one of the most distinctive guitar styles in contemporary blues. Since moving to Canada in 1990, Mel has steadily toured the southern Ontario nightclub circuit. Brown’s Electro-Fi label debut, Neck Bones & Caviar, won the W.C. Handy Award for Blues Comeback of the Year. Brown is also a recipient of the Toronto Blues Society Blues With a Feeling lifetime achievement award.

Lance Reegan-Diehl is a musician and producer native of Vancouver who today makes his home in Seoul, Korea. The guitar workshop marks his return to performance in Canada. A powerful blues and rock guitarist, Reegan-Diehl is also a music teacher and lecturer who has regularly taught concepts such as understanding of the written note, how music is perceived by listeners, the fret board, and playing for the group and for the song.

for more info visit info@torontobluessociety.com

Sunday, February 25 2-6 pm
Toronto Blues Society’s 21st Annual Guitar Workshop
Doug Cox, Sam Hurrie, Lance Reegan-Diehl, Mel Brown, Suzie Vinnick, Bucky Berger (drums)
Hugh’s Room / Toronto

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