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Stir-Crazy Blues concert is set for Feb. 27

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This year Blenders and Tel-Rite Services are thrilled to present the StirCrazy Blues Concert on Saturday, February 27th. 


The concert will feature of two amazing blues acts, Tim Williams and Cécile Doo-Kingué, and will be at the Lyric Theatre. Williams, the 2012 Canadian Guitarist of the year, will capture you with his roots/blues melodies, while Doo-Kingué, an exceptional guitarist and singer-songwriter, will serenade you with her unique blend of blues and afro-roots.
Tim Williams is a Calgary-born Blues musician who has travelled the world playing at blues festivals and concerts.  His music style has been compared to that of Ry Cooder and David Lindley, while his songwriting has won praise from Willie Nelson.  The guitarist has been nominated for a JUNO Award three times, has a string of Maple Blues Award nominations and five Betty Mitchell Awards.
When asked what the Blues mean to him, Williams has stated, “The blues makes you return to every memory of sadness and betrayal, of loneliness and joy, in order to invest yourself in the song.  When you do that, it helps you conquer the bad memories and celebrate the good ones.”
For Cécile Doo-Kingué, music not only transcends language, but also transcends existence itself.  The bilingual artist, based out of Montreal, writes blues-informed songs in both English and French, having spoken both languages while growing up.  To her, writing and performing in both official languages demonstrates that music is universal.
Cécile’s bilingual lyrics plainly explore issues of racial and sexual oppression and other social ills. By decrying these injustices in the context of the blues, even topical “from the headlines” references are given a timeless feel, which reminds the listener that, unfortunately, these struggles are nothing new.
“I think that music and all arts really are a way for humans to tap into something beyond our rational mind, beyond our human existence. So there definitely is a spirituality just within art itself,” Doo-Kingué has said. “Music creates an invisible solidarity by everybody who appreciates the same types of music. So whether we realize it or not there is a communion that happens just through that exchange.”
Tim's live solo shows are a trip down the river of North American music, blues, ragtime, old-time country with dashes of Mexican and Hawaiian influence, performed on a variety of string instruments.  While the powerful, sexy and raw, Cécile Doo-Kingué’s lyrics and sound make for an enthralling and intimate relationship.  This will surly be a concert you will not want to miss. 
Tickets for the February 27th show are $35 and are will be available at Pharmasave.  Doors at the Lyric Theatre will open at 7:30pm and the music will begin at 8:30pm.  For more information about the show or the Blenders Music Series check out our website, www.blendersmusic.ca.

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