Sunday, October 9, 2016

GOOD LUCK! Area Musicians Going to International Blues Challenge

On October 2, 2016 the Grand River Blues Society held a contest to choose their two reps for the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.  Bobby O'Brien's in Kitchener was home to the amazing event.  After all was said and done Hamilton's Andre Bisson Band and Waterloo's Silvia Dee and the Boyfriend (solo/duo contest) will be heading to Memphis to compete during the event from January 31-February 4, 2017.

Andre has this to say on his Facebook page: "Thank you GRBS for having us compete for you at the 2017 IBC Memphis Competition - International Blues Challenge! This is such an honour and we will give everything we've got when we are down there! Thanks to the band for their hard work, time and talent today, it meant a lot up us and we can't thank you enough!"

We also got word from Silvia Dee and the Boyfriend: "Silvia Dee and I are thrilled and honored to have been chosen to represent the Grand River Blues Society in the duo/category in Memphis. We are especially honored to have been amongst the wonderful artists who appeared last Sunday. We have such a vibrant and supportive blues community. Silvia and I are working very hard to put on the best show we possibly can at the IBC's. We are very excited to join with Hamilton's own Andre Bisson Band to carry the GBRS message to The IBC's."

Links: Andre BissonMore Andre Bisson storiesVideo above courtesy of Angelo NotoCampanella

The Great Lakes Blues Society also nominated former Hamiltonian Paul Langille as their rep for the show.  He's in the group category with his musical partner Tom Lockwood from Chatham.  London's The Focklers will be in the band competition.

Paul had the following to say: " I'm very pleased and honoured to be chosen with Tom Lockwood to represent, the Great Lakes Blues Society, at the international challenge in Memphis. This should be the place where I get to spread my Blues Wings a little. I once wrote, " I may never get to Memphis", but now I guess that ain't true."

Links: Paul Langille, More Paul Langille Stories, Tom LockwoodMore Tom Lockwood StoriesVideo above courtesy of rick clarke

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