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Friday, January 22, 2021

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Monday, January 18, 2021

Please Support Local Charities

Please Support Local Charities

The Brian Lee Griffith Guitar Bursary is intended to support a different, talented, deserving guitar student each year. In honour of the late, great Hamilton guitarist Brian Griffith.

The Hamilton Blues Lovers (HBL) want to showcase a deserving local charity every week.  HBL is not affiliated with these charities nor does it fund raise for them.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Many Local Artists Performing Live Weekly Online (incl sample shows)

The lockdown got you down? Need your live music fix. A number of area artists are performing live on a weekly basis online.  If you miss it, you can always catch them later too. Please see our Coming Soon page for more details.

Please tip the performers if you able to help support them.

Below are a few samples of what you can check out on the web.

Tuesdays at 8pm: Lori Yates

Links: Lori YatesMore Lori Yates Stories, Video above courtesy of Lori Yates


Wednesdays at 9pm: Waterstreet Blues Band w Guest

Links: Waterstreet Blues BandMore Waterstreet Stories, Video above courtesy of Waterstreet Blues Band


Fridays at 7pm: David Lum

Links: David LumMore David Lum Stories, Video above courtesy of David Lum - Official YouTube Channel


Fridays at 7:30pm: Mike Lynch

Links: Mike LynchMore Mike Lynch StoriesVideo above courtesy of Mike Lynch

Previous (Janis Joplin's Pearl Turns 50) - - - Next (Dolly Parton's 75th Birthday incl local covers)

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Support Local Charities

From their siteOur goal is not only to help meet the needs of our clients in the short term, but also to help clients become self-sufficient and gain and maintain self-worth / esteem to eventually stand on their own with little or no help.

The Hamilton Blues Lovers (HBL) want to showcase a deserving local charity every week.  HBL is not affiliated with these charities nor does it fund raise for them.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Janis Joplin's 'Pearl' (ft Local Musicians) Turns 50 + Local Covers

Pearl, the final studio album from the unforgettable icon Janis Joplin was released 50 years ago this year. It was released January 11, 1971 - three months after her untimely death.

The legendary singer was backed up on the recording by the Full Tilt Boogie Band, an incredible group that featured area members like Ken Pearson on organ (Woodstock, ON) and Brad Campbell on bass (Milton). Rounding out the gang were Canadians John Till on guitar (Ronnie Hawkins and Janis' previous group, Kozmic Blues Band)and Richard Bell  (Ronnie Hawkinsthe Band). Clark 
Pierson was the American drummer.

Here are a few local acts covering the amazing song from this timeless album.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Fort-Erie Keyboardist Michael Fonfara (of Downchild) Passes

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of the legendary, Fort-Erie born keyboardist Michael Fonfara. We do not have many details but we will will post it here as we know more. Our condolences to this family, friends and fans.

He was a member of such unforgettable bands as the Checkmates, Rhinoceros, Rough TradeElectric Flag, Blackstone, Tycoon, The Lincolns, and most recently Downchild. Michael also worked with Lou Reed on many projects in the 1970's. Other career highlights include many Maple Blues Awards wins and working with the Everly Brothers, Foreigner, plus many more.

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It is with heavy hearts that we sadly announce the passing of our dear friend and longtime bandmate, Michael Fonfara. He was an incredible musician, a gentle soul and we were honoured to share the stage with him every time we performed. He will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. There will be a celebration of life once we are all safely able to get together.

Gary Kendall (Downchild)

I've heard Donnie Walsh say many times "He's the best musician I've ever worked with".  I echo those words.  Yesterday we lost a brother, a band mate, a co-writer and a dear friend.  His important role away from the music business was as a husband, father and grandfather.  If you met him, you loved him.  A creative genius and a band leader's worst nightmare.   I was very fortunate to share space with him in recording studios, big stages, small stages, vans, cars, planes, hotels and restaurants.  Fonf has left us but we'll continue to play music that he wrote, arranged or just made better by his presence.  Thanks for the memories, see you on the other side. 

Howard Moore (Powder Blues Band)

Musical genius, bandmate, innovator, wild man, loyal friend and sweet sweet soul. From the very first time I worked with him 15 or so years ago, he instantly became one of my biggest supporters and encouragers. It was never a handshake with Fonf, always a hug. We played a ton of gigs together on some huge stages and also tiny clubs, recorded together many times, misbehaved together once in a while and laughed our asses off more times than I can remember, and through it all I was always amazed by his playing, which really was out of this world. No matter his preparation or more often lack thereof, HE was the one who moved the crowd. Always. He was a star and our world is a little dimmer tonight because of this massive loss. 

I love you Fonf. 

God bless you as you continue your journey.

Kat Kings

Fonf was a true genius. Every time I played with him he would amaze me. I would often look at Gary Kendall or Mike Fitzpatrick and they were amazed too.  I would ask guys who played with him a lot more than I did and they said the same thing. You don't see too many musicians who could play like Fonf. 

I only got to know him in the last 10 years or so.  He was always smiling and laughing. He was just a sweet guy. 

He always had time to say hello. When he talked to you he was intense and focused. 

I was so fortunate to get to play and hang out with Mike. His musical gifts will be missed by so many. His sweet personality will be missed even more.

Bob Omar Tunnoch (Fathead)

Fonf's enthusiasm and joy for playing was infectious!! Whether there were 2 people or thousands he always gave 110%. I always looked forward to playing with him when I knew he was on the gig. RIP Fonf love you !! 

Betty Richardson

Videos above courtesy of Jeff Thrasher 

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

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Hamilton Public Library Has Great Concerts on YouTube

Need some music to perk you up during the pandemic?

The Hamilton Public Library has a collection of fabulous, concerts available on their Noon Hour Concerts Playlist Page.

Here are a few of the highlights:

Videos above courtesy of Hamilton Public Library

Previous (National Bird Day Videos) - - - Next (Michael Fonfara Passes)

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

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Want to be kept up to date with what's going on in the local area (Hamilton/Halton/Brant/Niagara/Waterloo/Norfolk/Haldimand)? Then get all the Blues News You Can Use with our new weekly e-mail newsletter.

Every Wednesday or Thursday night, the Hamilton Blues Lovers send out an e-mail blast with the latest happenings in the local Blues/Folk/Jazz/Roots/Country scene. Find out about new CD releases, upcoming shows, our exclusive videos and much more.

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Sunday, January 3, 2021

Please Support Local Charities

Please Support Local Charities

From their website: Since 1966, the poverty of loneliness and exclusion has been overcome with friendship and compassion at Welcome Inn Community Centre, where people from all walks of life work together to alleviate poverty in the North End and across Hamilton.

The Hamilton Blues Lovers (HBL) want to showcase a deserving local charity every week.  HBL is not affiliated with these charities nor does it fund raise for them.