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March 27, 2008

Blues Legend Ken Whiteley Tours Western Canada

Written by
cindy mcleod

live blues, Canada


Ken Whiteley
Saturday, March 28
Carlson’s On MacLeod
High River, Alberta

Whiteley to Appear in High River

Canadian blues and roots legend Ken Whiteley makes a stop in High River to perform this Saturday, March 28 at Carlson’s on MacLeod. The acclaimed musician, who is touring in support of his new album, One World Dance , will be appearing with Winnipeg bassist Daniel Koulack for the concerts in High River, Calgary, Edmonton and Saskatoon, and with bassist Dinah D. for the B.C. dates.

Whiteley has performed at countless festivals across North America, including Philadelphia Folk Festival, Chicago Blues Festival and the Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver Folk Festivals, and has shared the stage with such notables as Pete Seeger, Leon Redbone, Guy Davis, Lonnie Johnson and many more. He’s also appeared on countless radio and television shows including Saturday Night Live and Leon Redbone. Often described as a “playing encyclopedia” for his depth and range of styles, Whiteley covers everything from blues and gospel to children’s music, and has composed over 300 songs.

One World Dance adds another outstanding recording to Whiteley’s impressive discography and features an integration of music forms from around the globe merged with traditional blues and roots. Joining him on the album are an all-star cast of musicians including pianist Joe Sealy, guitarist Amos Garrett, Bucky Berger (drums), Ben Whitely (bass), Cuba’s Mario Del Monte (percussion) Mark Mosca (steel drums), and the horn section of Sarah McElcheran and Colleen Allen.

Whiteley’s musicianship has been recognized with numerous awards and nominations, including a Genie Award for Best Original Song (2004), 12 Maple Blues Nominations, and 21 Juno nominations. A sought-after producer, Whiteley has also received numerous accolades for his work, collecting 2 Juno Awards, 2 Grammy Nominations, 21 Juno Nominations, 4 American Gold Recordings, 10 Canadian Gold and Platinum Records.

for more info visit www.kenwhiteley.com

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