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April 12, 2008

Pineo, Clark & Pollack Reunite for Farewell Performance

Written by
cindy mcleod

live blues, Canada


Richie Pollack
with Mike Clark & Steve Pineo
Saturday, April 12
Murietta’s, Calgary

Calgary Bids Farewell to “Cross-Harp Ambassador”

Harmonica player Richie Pollack bids farewell to Calgary with a performance that harkens back to the early days of his arrival in town.

Tonight’s show at Murietta’s West Coast Bar and Grill is the second of a pair of weekend performances featuring the popular musician along with Mike Clark (saxophone) and Steve Pineo (guitar), with whom he reunites for the first time since his arrival in the city and whom Pollack cites as his greatest influences during his stay here.

Pollack, who has lived in the city for the past 15 years, is relocating to Saskatchewan. Considered by many to be Calgary’s “cross-harp ambassador”, Richie Pollack is a diatonic harmonica player known for his versatility and unique style, blending his influences from New Orleans rock to African influenced instrumental, “vibey” gospel to down and dirty blues.

During his time in the city Richie fronted such bands as The Jump Daddies and the Real Deal before stepping out as leader, sharing the stage with such names as Shannon Powell (Harry Connick Jr.), Charlie Wood, Billy Branch and Amos Garrett. He has also appeared as guest on recordings by Donald Ray Johnson and Mike Clark.

Richie’s debut CD release Stew was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award for ‘Best Blues Album’ (2006) and he’s since signed with Chronograph Records. Richie recently took the prize for Harmonica Player of the Year (2008) for Calgary Blues Music Association’s ‘Blues Hall of Fame’.

for more info visit www.richiep.net

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