A workshop stage with Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, Western Centuries, Terry Bean, Rob Lutes @ Vancouver Island Music Fest 2018. What a treat!
Playing my way across the country on the VIA Rail Train, July 2018!
Slow Burn Launch Party, Hugh's Room, 2016.
Southside Shuffle, 2017
Here's part of the gang where I instructed at the 2018 Shared harvest Harmonica Retreat. Students came from all over!!!
Harp players L to R, Joe Filisko, Jerome Godboo, Aaron Kazmer, Al, Roly Platt.
A harp workshop with Carlos Del Junco. Fun!
Hugh's Room, June 22, 2016.
Maple Blues Band w John Campbelljon and Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar.
l to r: David Vest, Ross Robinson, Danny Marks, me.
FATHEAD at Calabogie Blues Fest, Aug. 2015.
Backstage at Calabogie Blues Fest with Keb Mo.
Thanks to Tasha Heart for snapping this photo of my rockin' red guitar.
Chicken & waffles w Lance Anderson, Tim Williams, Doug Cox, David Vest & Cam Hayden.
Playing in the sunshine at Calabogie Blues Fest.
Palais Royale, Toronto 2015. Playing the Toronto Blues Society's 30th Anniversary Bash with Genius + Soul.
"Harp Attack", a showcase that featured myself along with l to r Roly Platt, Larry Kurtz and Harpdog Brown. Orangeville Blues Fest, 2015.
Playing a band gig with my former Fathead mates.
Chuck Jackson and Ken Whiteley during our encore at Hugh's Room.
Blowing the blues with Juno winner Steve Strongman.
With Guy Belanger and Steve Strongman.
The best... Jackie Richardson!!!!!
Playing the blues with Cheryl Lescomb
With Brook Blackburn, Quisha Wint, Cheryl Lescomb and Selena Evageline.
With a couple of my Downchild pals, Gary Kendall and Pat Carey. MBA 2015
FATHEAD @ Southside Shuffle, 2014.
DAWG FM presented a concert in Ottawa, Nov. 2014.
Playing a beautiful club in Red Deer, AB, Fratter's.
Jamming with Steve Strongman and Fat City.
Maple Blues Awards 2015, Koerner Hall, Toronto. L to r: Gary Kendall, me, Pat Carey, Chris Murphy, Chris Whiteley.
Backstage with Texassippi Soul Man Danny Brooks and his wife Debra.
Tearing it up at the 2014 Mississauga Ribfest.
I started playing gtr on some Fathead tunes this year. It''s fun, but there is a lot more stuff to carry around now!
Multi-tasking: soundchecking, saying hi to singer/pal Robin Banks and going over info for my intro with the MC at the Southside Shuffle Fest.
Smoking big cigars with Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne, Jack DeKeyzer and Tim Williams, Hornby Island, BC, May 2014.
Staff & students, Hornby Island Blues Workshop, May 2014.
Playing Maggie's in Peterborough with Al Black sitting in on washboard. A great little venue.
FATHEAD performing at the Maximum Blues Fest, located on the tip of the Gaspe Pennisula.
Halifax, fall 2013 with Papa John King.
Backing Dawn Tyler watson at the 2014 Maple Blues Awards, Koerner Hall, Toronto.
I really enjoy sitting in with the local musicians here in Havelock playing old time country music. It's a lot of fun and they are good folks.
Baseball is one of my passions. I'm pictured here with my biggest!
I've travelled to gigs a lot of different ways... cars, vans,buses, planes and trains but this was a first. To traverse our flooded road, I had to load all my equipment into a canoe! I guess this is how the Voyageurs used to get to their gigs.
BLUES IN THE SCHOOLS: I always enjoy the opportunity to talk to students about blues music. This was at Toronto's Cummer Valley Middle School, 2013.
Backing Steve Strongman with the Maple Blues Horns. Steve was just nominated for a Juno Award.
B.B. King and me. FATHEAD opened for him at Massey Hall, Toronto.
Mariposa Folk Fest 2012.
Orangeville Jazz & Blues Fest 2012.
FATHEAD at the Mariposa Folk Fest, 2012.
Hillebrand Blues Festival, Aug. 2012.
Having some fun with Shakura S'Aida at the Maple Blues Awards, Koerner Hall, Toronto, Jan 2012. Photo courtesy of Dougal Bichan.
Me'n the missus at my CD Release party.
FATHEAD at the Maple Blues Awards, Koerner Hall, Toronto, Jan. 2012. Photo by Dougal Bichan.
Dawk McCarthy snapped this shot of me performing at Winterfolk, Feb, 2012.
With the Downchild rhythm section and Jack DeKeyzer at Winterfolk, Feb, 2012.
My first electric. It was a Winston but I stuck a Gibson sticker on it. I wasn't fooling anybody.
Me and the Missus backstage at the Havelock Jamboree 2011.
Paul Dimock took this one. Great shot!
Hanging out with JORDAN JOHN and LANCE ANDERSON at the Hillebrand Blues Fest.
Playing in the Maple Blues Band with my good friend Gary Kendall.
Photo by Eric Thom taken at the 2012 Maple Blues Awards in Toronto. L to R: Al, Shakura S'Aida, Pat Carey, Chris Murphy, Chris Whiteley.
FATHEAD wins their second Juno for "Building Full Of Blues".
Me and Bucky during FATHEAD's British Columbia tour, Aug. 2011.
Playing solo at the Orangeville Blues Fest.
Backstage in BC with James Armstrong and Bucky Berger.
John Mays cracks Al up backstage at the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Fest.
A solo show at Toronto's Hwy 61 BBQ.
Jamming with some old timers in Havelock, my hometown.
Squeezing in for a photo op with the great Johnny Winter, Calgary, Alberta.
The Maple Blues Band takes a bow.
Harvest Jazz & Blues Fest with Little Mack Simmons. I produced his first two albums and FATHEAD was the backing band.
Playing with Long John Baldry and Papa John King.
An EARLY promo shot, circa 1974.
Watching fireworks with Keb Mo.
Sitting in with Luther Allison. I was still in my twenties here.
Playing Mariposa with Genius + Soul... a tribute to the late great Ray Charles.
FATHEAD opening for BB King at Massey Hall, Toronto.
The Maple Blues Revue in action in Toronto.
Playing with Mel Brown and Al Cross. I love these guys!!!
On stage with Morgan Davis & Geoff Arsenau, Harbourfront, Toronto.Was I wearing pajamas!?
l to r: John Mays, Shakura S'Aida, Chuck Jackson, Al Lerman.
l to r Al, John Tilden, John Dickie.
Playing the chicken wing circuit circa 1985 with Mondo Combo.
FATHEAD promo shot. The best band I've ever been in!
My brother from another mother... FATHEAD frontman, John Mays.
FATHEAD backed Charlie Musselwhite @ Limestone City Blues Fest.
An impromptu jam with Rick Fines.
Enjoying Heinekens and calamari on the shores of Greece with our hosts from Athens along with Jack DeKeyzer & Alec Fraser. We were on tour with Willie Big Eyes Smith.
On tour in Greece l to r: Al Lerman, Willie Big Eyes Smith, Alec Fraser.
With friend/promoter Rico Ferrara and my sweet wife Dania.
An eighties gig with the legendary Rufus & Carla Thomas.
Sandwiched between two drum greats: Sam Lay and Bucky Berger.
Backstage with my pal Morgan Davis. We've made a lot of good racket over the years.
Laying down the sax on FATHEAD's disc "Where's The Blues Taking Me", Canterbury Studio, Toronto.
A solo gig at Highway 61 BBQ.
I love playing with UK's Steve Payne.
With Willie "Big Eyes" Smith on tour in Athens, Greece.
With producer/keyboardist Lance Anderson.
With Bucky Berger in the SUN studio, Memphis.
Suzie Vinnick is a real treasure. Her voice will make you melt.
Sitting in with my pals Willie Smith and Bob Stroger.
It was a thrill to have the great Tom Scott sit in with Mondo Combo back in the mid-eighties.
l to r: Al, Bob Stroger, Willie Smith, Jack DeKeyzer, Kenny Blues Boss Wayne.
Hosting the TBS harp workshop with Roly Platt, David Rotundo, and Paul Reddick.
Listening to FATHEAD playbacks at Canterbury with Omar Tunnoch.
Me 'n Mr. Mays.
Playing behind Colin James with the Maple Blues Band.
Me and a friend. I love dogs!
FATHEAD at the Bow Theatre in Alberta.
A duo with the great Ken Whiteley in Toronto around 1990.
L to r: Colin Linden, Alec Fraser, Al Lerman.
I love baseball. I caught a game at Camden Yards when playing nearby in Washington DC.
Duke Robillard with the Maple Blues Revue.
Sharing a laugh with the late Dutch Mason.
Playing the legendary El Mocambo with Mondo Combo back in the seventies.
Sitting in with one of my faves, Eugene Smith.
FATHEAD at the Unionville Bandshell.
The late Fathead Newman, who we named our band after. He was gracious enough to model one of our First Class Riff-Raff beanies here.
One of my earliest bands, Ginhouse, circa 1975 at Grossman's, Toronto. I am still good friends.
Playing sax behind the great Amos Garret.
Sweet potato pancakes in Memphis for breakfast at Elvis' fave restaurant.
Ya mon! A rare vacation in the Bahamas!
An early version of MONDO COMBO posing with the Allan Cup in 1979. The Squire Hotel in Petrolia, where we were playing, sponsored the hockey team.
FATHEAD at Blues On Bellair, early nineties, Toronto.
Late seventies in Winnipeg with Big Dave Mclean, Gord Kidder. Grant Maclean, and Mondo Combo.
Me 'n' Steve Payne playing Winterfolk, 2008.
Working the crowd at the Beaches Streetfest in Toronto, 2010.
That's Uli Bonnet on bass. Great player!
Some silliness on the road with GRIZZLY BEAR, 1976 with Frank Garcia and Gary Latimer.
FATHEAD on Beale St. in Memphis
The road can be fun, but it's always great to come home!