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StirCrazy Blues concert set for end of February

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

The concert will feature 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 audiences with his roots/blues melodies, while Doo-Kingué, an exceptional guitarist and singer-songwriter, will serenade with her unique blend of blues and afro-roots.
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 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 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 or exercising art,” Doo-Kingué has said.
“As far as music goes, on top of that you add the notion of a sort of an invisible solidarity that it creates 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.”
Williams 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, Doo-Kingué’s lyrics and sound make for an intimate relationship.  This will surly be a concert not to miss.
Tickets for the Feb. 27 show are $35 and available at Pharmasave.  Doors at the Lyric Theatre open at 7:30 p.m. and music begins at 8:30 p.m. 
For more information  check out the website, or contact Shann Gowan at 306-778-2686, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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