Delta Bluesman Doc MacLean & Jazz Legend Jerry Granelli at The Townhouse!!???


Hi folks, we are pleased to offer you two great ways to spend this Saturday night!

1. DOC MACLEAN 9PM, $10 at the door

Come see Delta blues-man Doc MacLean at The Townhouse – he’ll be playing some wicked steel guitar and will give you a concise, personal, and highly entertaining history of the blues through storytelling and song. Doc has visited us a few times now, and his great sound, great beard, and warm, engaging personality keep us bringing him back!

Son of a civil rights lawyer and a fiddle player, Doc MacLean was exposed to country blues and folklore at an early age. By his early teens he was performing in coffeehouses and festivals, and was appearing on radio and television variety shows. Answering the call of the road, Doc traded a guitar for a 1948 Dodge and set out to explore America.

In a relentless cross country ramble, Doc MacLean sought out every living old time blues player he could find. Significantly, he met and became friends with artists such as Son House, Tampa Red, ‘Sippi Wallace, Yank Rachel, Robert Pete Williams, Rev Robert Wilkins and Bukka White. Meanwhile he toured and performed with artists as diverse as Peg Leg Sam the Medicine Show Man, Blind John Davis, Sunnyland Slim, Little Brother Montgomery, Rev Pearly Brown, Colin Linden, Mose Scarlett, the Carter Family, and Sam Chatmon. With Linden, he became a popular opener for Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Muddy Waters, and John Hammond.

For 15 years he toured a 9 piece Memphis- New Orleans jump band, Dr Limbo and His Fabulous Off-Whites, and released a number of singles- some of which achieved heavy regional and college airplay. Alumni from this band include Colin Linden (Bruce Cockburn, The Band, O Brother, etc.), Gord Johnson (Big Sugar), Chris Whiteley (Whiteley Bros., Leon Redbone), Kevin Breit (Nora Jones), and Gene Taylor (Canned Heat, Blasters, Fabulous Thunderbirds).

Doc MacLean came of age playing with some of the Delta’s most celebrated songsters. Now, marking 30 years on the blues highway, his work as a songwriter reflects his family roots in the labor movement, his time spent living and performing in the rural southern United States, and his personal connections to the oral and musical history of the Delta. He views his own compositions as part of an unbroken tradition. Now, as America rediscovers it’s roots, new audiences are discovering Doc MacLean. (excerpted from his Bio)

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IF you feel like missing a blues legend, you could always join us at Celtic Oktoberfestin Port Hawkesbury. Gathered at the Civic Centre (and giving away samples galore) will be 9 NS craft breweries (including upstarts Boxing RockNorth Brewing,Tatamagouche Brewing, & The Townhouse!!!), & 8 Cape Breton restaurants, including the Dancing Goat, Haven Coffeebar and Kingsville Bakery, The Clove Hitch, Cabot Links, and The NSCC culinary school. There will also be live music from Wendy MacIsaac & Mac Morin, and Party Boots, and at 3pm, kicking off the whole shebang, Jeremy White has organized the Big Spruce Brewing Pumpkin Launch into the Strait. It’s gonna be a time. tickets available now from the website!

 As for Monday, Oct. 27 you’d best get yourself down to the Townhouse to see jazz legend Jerry Granelli live!!!

Monday, Oct. 25 – JERRY GRANELLI

8PM, $10 suggested donation to AHA

In case you’ve missed it, legendary percussionist (played with Vince Gauraldi and Mose Allison) and all around fascinating guy, Jerry Granelli is spending a long weekend here with Arts & Health Antigonish (AHA), leading a series of workshopsand events.

What happens when you bring together AHA!, with a mission statement to foster creative expresssion for community health, and ASAP, the rtist-run centre, with Jerry Granelli, internationally-acclaimed jazz drummer, Buddhist Meditation teacher and leadership facilitator?  Join us Monday night at the Townhouse for the final event in this four-day workshop series which promises to be spontaneous and entertaining.

This AHA! fundraising event will include some of the finest local artists and musicians, such as Donald MacLennan, in creative conversation with Jerry.

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