Alfie Smith with special guest Sean Pinchin
Alfie Smith is a prolific songwriter, an accomplished performer and talented multi-instrumentalist. Known best for his resophonic guitars, brazen slide licks and uncompromising vocals, Alfie is endorsed by several luthiers including Goodman Guitars (who have recently named a guitar model after him) and Goldtone Banjos. He has been nominated for a dozen Hamilton music awards including Best Male Vocalist and Best Guitarist, and has represented Toronto in the Memphis International Blues Challenge. To date, Alfie has released six records, his most recent being Sometimes the Rain. He is currently signed and distributed through Busted Flat Records.
Sean Pinchin’s 2016 breakthrough album Monkey Brain nabbed him a 2017 Juno Nomination for Blues Album of the Year and cemented his reputation as a guitar player’s guitar player. The album took his singing to a new level and turned heads his with his best songs yet. One reviewer’s description summed up many people’s reaction to Sean’s killer brand of modern blues:
“track after track built from masterfully infectious riffs with lyrics as smart as one might hear from a top-notch pop songsmith… power, drive and gobs of style.” (Duane Verh, Roots Music Report)
Dirty Blues Band
Dirty Blues Band is Michelle Lahaise, Andrew Fur and David Lindsay.
Music. For Michelle, it was just “always there”. Growing up within a fairly tumultuous childhood, music became an early means of expression and escape. A go-to place where anything was possible. Michelle and her sister began writing and performing songs for their neighbours and friends, when they were very young. She joined the Grindstone Blues Band in 2012, as the lead singer, until the group disbanded in early 2015. Along with Dave and Andy of G.B.B., it was decided that an exciting new band was just around the corner, waiting to be formed. Now she is thrilled to bring you a fresh, sexy, sassy take, on some of the most dynamic early blues numbers, with the Dirty Blues Band. Let’s Get Dirty!
Andrew started his career as a snare drummer at the age of 12, specializing in highly technical drum rudiments. After many years building his chops, he went on to study with Canadian iconic jazz instructors Pete Magadini and Jim Blackley. Having played drums or percussion with such artists as The Tim Park Trio, Sharon Musgrave, Killing Time Band,’905′ Band, The Grindstone Blues Band, The Rita Carrey Band. Andrew brings his chops to the Dirty Blues band.
Although a ukulele appeared in David’s hands one Christmas at age 5 in northern Quebec, his first guitar was a Tempo parlor guitar with a metal ink cartridge for a saddle, acquired at the age of 13. Moving to Montreal at age 16, he formed a couple of bands, wrote and recorded a handful of original tunes, and attended university, studying electroacoustic music. 1987 brought Dave to Toronto where he co-founded the Ellis John Blues Band in Waterdown, playing live at parties, social halls, northern retreats and more than a few sketchy spots. Currently ramping up the acoustic world of The Dirty Blues Band, David’s interest in country blues, slide and fingerstyle opens a new expression of acoustic blues reminiscent of his early days playing his first guitar.
Dates & Times
FRI MAR 6, 2020 – 7:30pm
Community Studio Theatre
Regular: $30 (All in)