Every second Saturday of the month, the stately Home Smith Bar is transformed into a back-porch blues jam by host Brian Blain. Saturday, March 14th I’ll be jamming with Brian and Julian Fauth.
Back by popular demand! Sacred Steel guitarist Nikki D Brown and the Sisters of Thunder will join me at my Sunday Gospel Finale on March 22nd at Hugh’s Room Live on Dundas St. Sacred steel is one of the most exciting forms of music today and Nikki D. Brown and her sisters are some of the most amazing proponents of the style. I first met Nikki through Toronto’s jazz luminary, Jane Bunnett. After that encounter I invited Nikki and her sisters to join me on my Sunday Gospel series last year and they sang and Nikki played on my brand new album Calm In The Eye Of The Storm. You’ll have to hear them tearing it up on Moving Up The King’s Highway! That was so much fun that I took them to with me to the inaugural Freedom Fest in Perth last summer. I’m delighted to have Nikki and her sister Gloria Brown (lead guitar) and cousin Tomika Webb (bass guitar) back for this final show as we explore a unique afternoon of original and traditional gospel and blues.
There will be a screening of Liz Marshall’s Midian Farm documentary on April 5th at Heartwood Hall in Owen Sound. It’ll be great to see some of my ol’ friends from the Midian Farm days and I’ll get to share a few songs with everyone too.