Saturday, November 04, 2023
Acclaimed raconteur Ray Bonneville strips his bluesy Americana down to its essentials and steeps it in the humid grooves of the South, creating a compelling poetry of hard living and deep feeling with Bonneville’s deep, evocative voice confessing life’s realities.
Often called a “song and groove man,” Bonneville has lived the life of the itinerant artist, from his native Quebec to Boston to Vietnam to Colorado to Alaska, Seattle, Paris and New Orleans, with every place he’s lived in infusing his musical sensibilities and an urge to write his own music.
Ray’s released nine albums, earned wide critical and popular acclaim, and won an enthusiastic following in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Ray’s sound is,
“folk-roots gumbo… a languid Mississippi Delta groove, seasoned with smooth, weathered vocals and a propulsive harmonica wheeze.” Jim Withers (Montreal Gazette)
Pianist, singer and songwriter Debra Power is known for her powerhouse vocals and boogie woogie piano playing.
She has been a featured performer at the Calgary and Edmonton International Blues Festivals and has been nominated for New Artist of the Year at the Maple Blues Awards. In 2020, Debra was awarded the YYCMA Blues Recording of the Year for her ‘That’s How I Roll’ release, further cementing her star on the blues scene in Canada.
“Debra is a valued member of the Blues community in Calgary and Canada and a highly regarded musician internationally.” Cindy McLeod, Calgary International BluesFest