(By Randy MacNeil, photographer)
Here is but a mere "taste" from some of Randy MacNeil's
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- "Colin is still constant, steady and
on track with his new CD, Twenty Five Live.
Looking forward to seeing him live at the Dawg FM & Class Axe
Guitar Calabogie Blues Festival 2013.
Colin always has
a kick ass band accompanying him."
@ Le Festival International du Blues
de Tremblant 2012 - "If you haven't seen or heard this guy,
do yourself a favor and check him out. Bharath is one of the greatest
harp players I've seen and have had the privilege of hanging with.
He truly embodies the spirit of blues when he delivers his repertoire."
@ CKCU's Ottawa Folk Fest 2001 - "Harry
wows the crowds with his unique East Meets West sound to the Blues.
After this Festival, I think I listened to Harry's CD a thousand
times, and have become a big fan of his tasteful playing."
@ Ottawa Folk Festival - "In this shot,
Ray is hosting a workshop at CKCU's Ottawa Folk Festival. A great
guitarist, a great singer-songwriter with his own, unique sound,
Ray has written beautiful songs inspired by the sounds of the
@ Raven Street Studio, Ottawa - "During
the recording of Monkey Junk's Tiger In Your Tank, there was a
special feeling. I sat back and listened. You could just sense
that the boys had a hit record on their hands. It lead them to
be signed by our premier Canadian label, Stoney Plain Records."
- "Bob is in the book as well. I think English
Canada should give this guy a listen to. Bob is a great singer
and band leader. This picture was shot at Le Festival International
du Blues de Tremblant (Mont Tremblant, Qc). Playing during the
same time slot on another stage was Pine Top Perkins who was celebrating
his 95 th birthday but we chose to check out Bob. To Francine's
and my surprise, we witnessed Bob play to a sold out crowd. It
poured rain like cats and dogs, but nobody left or moved. When
the show was over, and the crowd finally dispersed, the pavement
where they stood was totally dry. The place was so packed that
not a single drop of rain had touched the ground."
- "A legend, Dan Aykroyd refers
to him in A Portrait of Blues in Canada as being a major influence
on him, read more about this on pages 15-18 of the book as Dan
Clarence Gatemouth Brown
- "This is one musician that
I am glad I got to meet and hang with. His rootsy approach to
playing music put him in a category of his own... another American
- "Another Canadian icon that is in my
book. When this man walks on a stage, you know people are going
to be hypnotized by his music and catchy lyrics."
Donald Duck Dunn
- "Sadly, Donald passed in this past
year. I shot this picture during a show with Steve Cropper who
were both instrumental in the making of the Blues Brothers movie."
Ray Charles @ Ottawa Blues Festival 2001
- In the early
years, I volunteered as a stage hand, so during the process of
bands coming and going, I would help a lot of them out by hauling
gear around for them and meeting managers and so on. In Ray's
case, one of his entourage brought me to the front of the stage
by myself, and I got to shoot a few rolls of the great man and
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- If I were to compare this man's talent and
his career and the amount of respect he received in this business,
I would have to say, he is Canada's version of Ray Charles, simply
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© Savoir Faire Canadiana - Randy MacNeil