CBC Nooner with Jimmy "Duck" Holmes & Mike Munson
Jul
12
12:00 PM12:00

CBC Nooner with Jimmy "Duck" Holmes & Mike Munson

Robert Connely Farr will be joining Jimmy "Duck" Holmes & Mike Munson for a kind of Vancouver Folk Fest kickoff show, live at the CBC outdoor stage downtown. 

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Jimmy "Duck" Holmes

Not only is Jimmy “Duck” Holmes one of the modern-day blues greats, he comes from a tradition and has a story that’s almost as compelling as his singing and guitar. Duck was born and raised in Bentonia, a small Mississippi town. But his hometown is much more than your usual sleepy southern village. It’s where the Bentonian style of Mississippi Delta Blues was born.

Town resident Henry Stuckey (1897-1966) is credited as the founder of the Bentonia style of raw, soulful country blues, which was carried on by his two famous students, Skip James (1902-1969) and Jack Owens (1904-1997) – and passed on to Duck. They’d all meet and play at the historic Blue Front Café, Mississippi’s oldest surviving juke joint, opened by Duck’s parents in 1948. Duck took it over in 1970 – and runs it to this day.

Make No Mistake: Jimmy Duck Holmes is a major blues figure, the most important active performer in the country blues tradition.” – Paste Magazine

His originals are as low-down as anything by Son House, Charlie Patton, or even Robert Johnson. Holmes is the heir to such blues and deserves a pedestal so more people can hear the real thing.” – Classicalite Magazine

Mike Munson

Mike Munson makes his home in Winona, Minnesota, a town sandwiched between the Mississippi River and the bluffs, with train tracks cutting through its middle. Well known for playing outstanding slide guitar blues, the driving rhythms in his songs are reminiscent of the trains that barrel through his neighbourhood. He’s a humble fellow who loves making food and playing guitar and singing. We can vouch that he does the last two very, very well.

Munson’s blues influences include Fred McDowell, Jack Owens, and Jesse Mae Hemphill – who all hailed from areas of rural Mississippi that Munson visits often. (His upcoming album, “Rose Hill”, was recorded in Bentonia, MS at the Blue Front Cafe, the oldest juke joint in Mississippi (and owned by fellow 2018 VFMF artist, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes).) From sad and somber slow tunes to swampy, caterwauling stompers, his music is a master class in creative blues composition and performance, lyrically compelling, full of unique turns and twists, yet never losing sight of his art form and the music’s roots.

Robert Connely Farr

Robert Connely Farr is a singer-songwriter from Bolton, Mississippi, home town of Charley Patton & The Mississippi Sheiks. Currently residing in Vancouver, Canada, Connely heads up Mississippi Live & the Dirty Dirty - an Americana / Southern-Rock / Heavy-Blues band also based out of Vancouver. They have released 3 full length studio albums & one EP. Connely is currently working on a new studio album steeeped in the Bentonia Blues sound with producer Leeroy Stagger. Recording began  at Stagger's Rebeltone Ranch in early May. 

Prior to moving to Vancouver, he studied architecture at Auburn University & spent 3 years volunteering at the late Samuel Mockbee's Rural Studio non-profit design build school in rural Alabama.  Connely has been a resident of Vancouver since 2008, but when he's at home in Mississippi, can most likely be found pickin & grinnin at the Blue Front Cafe in Bentonia, Mississippi with his friend & mentor Jimmy "Duck" Holmes.

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Terry "Harmonica" Bean - Vancouver, BC
Jul
17
7:30 PM19:30

Terry "Harmonica" Bean - Vancouver, BC

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Terry "Harmonica" Bean is one of Mississippi's hidden treasures:  a contemporary hill country bluesman, lifelong resident of Pontotoc, who has created his own distinctive version of the harp-blowing, guitar-grooving one-man band.  Although he's long past the dues-paying stage, Bean has played with some of the most important bluesmen to come out of Mississippi in the past two decades:  Willie Foster, Booba Barnes, Boogaloo Ames, Big George Brock, Big Jack Johnson, Super Chikan, R. L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Asie Payton, and James “T-Model” Ford.  Bean is also a generous and spirited teacher--a veteran of the Acoustic Blues workshop at Centrum in Port Townsend, Washington. 

Mississippi Live & the Dirty Dirty are excited to be a part of this event. 

Tuesday - July 17th at the historic Railway Stage & Beer Cafe in downtown Vancouver, BC

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May
10
to May 15

Rebeltone Ranch Sessions

Really excited to be heading out to Lethbridge, Alberta to start work on the new record at Leeroy Stagger's Rebeltone Ranch.  

on Leeroy - "Since first making his mark on the Canadian independent music scene at the turn of this century, Leeroy Stagger has toured the world, both on his own and with the likes of Steve Earle,Pixies, Modest Mouse and Evan Dando. Among his achievements are winning 102.7 The Peak’s highly competitivePerformance Project in 2015, working with legendary U.S. industry mogul Danny Goldberg, and having his songs appear in such television shows as Grey’s Anatomy and Sons Of Anarchy." Leeroy Stagger Website

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Jul
13
to Jul 14

Jimmy "Duck" Holmes (w/ special guest Mississippi Live & the Dirty Dirty)

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Jimmy "Duck" Holmes is an American blues musician & proprietor of the Blue Front Cafe, the oldest surviving juke joint in Mississippi. He is known as the last of the Bentonia bluesmen. Like Skip James, Jack Owens and other blues musicians from Bentonia, Mississippi, Holmes learned to play the blues from Henry Stuckey, the originator of the Bentonia blues.

Mississippi Blues icon Jimmy "Duck" Holmes will be at the Railway Stage & Beer Cafe with Mississippi Live and the Dirty Dirty. Cover $9.00

Jimmy "Duck" Holmes (Blue Front Records)

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Mississippi Live & the Dirty Dirty

www.thedirtydirty.net

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