Vancouver-based trio Cannery Row will be returning to Harrison with their rollicking, blues influenced New Orleans gumbo on Saturday, September 26 at 8 p.m. in the intimate Harrison Memorial Hall.
“Harrison audiences are well acquainted with the wonderful fiddler, piano player and singer Gary Comeau, first through his Voodoo Allstars and most recently through Cannery Row’s grooving 2014 performance on the Festival Beach Stage, ” says Hillhouse.
With diverse musical backgrounds but a common love of roots Americana styles, Comeau and his bandmates, veterans Tim Hearsey (guitar) and Chris Nordquist (drums), stir up an eclectic mix of original tunes. In their music, one can hear the influence of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, the blues from Memphis and the Mississippi Delta, the Latin rhythms of Cuba and a sprinkle of the early roots of jazz.
Hillhouse states that “these are three fine players- as fine as you will find in the musical heartlands of the southern states to which they pay homage in their music. If you can’t travel to the bayou, we can have a taste of it right here.”
Alongside Gary Comeau, Tim Hearsay is one of Canada’s finest blues guitarists, and has performed with several blues legends, including Taj Mahal, Lowell Fulson, and Hubert Sumlin, as well as Jim Byrnes, with whom he partnered to produce Jim’s 1996 Juno award winning album “That River”. Chris “the wrist” Nordquist provides the effortless groove on the drums. Chris is simply one of Canada’s most prolific and versatile drummers, with a list of credits that reads like a who’s who of Canadian music.
Cannery Row’s slogan is “laissez les bon temps roulez!,” which translates as “let the good times roll!” Indeed, these three highly accomplished players know how to bring on the good times with the deep grooves of American roots music, and there is no better place to boogie down than the historic Harrison Memorial Hall.
Tickets for Cannery Row are $22.00 and can be purchased online at www.harrisonfestival.com, by phone at 604-796-3664 or in person at the Ranger Station Art Gallery in Harrison and Agassiz Shoppers Drug Mart on Pioneer Ave.