With another successful Festival of the Arts wrapped up, it’s time for the Harrison Festival Society to roll out their fall and winter lineup of performances.
And the big kick off is next Saturday, when one of Vancouver’s masters of roots and blues, Sandy Bone and the Breakdown, visits Memorial Hall.
Last seen in Harrison as the drummer for The Twisters, Sandy Bone has devoted his life to music. He has spent more than 30 years touring, performing, recording and producing across North America and around the globe.
Long recognized as one of the country’s foremost Blues drummers, Bone has been featured on more than 20 records.
In 2001, at the top of his game, he was thrown a curve ball that any musician would dread; he developed tendonitis in his left arm. In 2004, after a long hard-fought battle, he reluctantly had to give the sticks a rest. For many, this could have been a curtain call but quitting or giving up was just not an option for this consummate musician so, Bone went to work.
Armed with only his love of music, his talent and relentless resolve he turned his focus to singing, songwriting and guitar, ultimately forming Sandy Bone & The Breakdown.
Sandy Bone brought together an ensemble of superlative west coast talent, including Dave “Double D” Dykhuizen on guitar, lap steel and vocals, Dave Webb on piano and Hammond, Steve Knelson on drums and Pat Darcus on stand-up bass and vocals.
The Breakdown is a dynamic roots-oriented band who work a refreshing spin into the fabric of their blues, much of which is original material.
With one eye on the road and one to the sky, always between the fence posts, they deftly weave threads of R&B, swing, country, rock-a-billy, folk and rock and roll into heartfelt tales of life & death, women & whisky, home fires & travel, love and heartbreak and, of course, trains.
A list of some of the musicians and bands Sandy Bone has performed and/or recorded with includes Pinetop Perkins, Clarence “Big” Miller, Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, Russell Jackson, The Twisters, Big Time Sara, Lou Pride, Sue Foley, Mitch Kashmar, Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone, Big Jack Johnson, Sonny Rhodes, Tim Williams, Diana Braithwaite, Chris Whitely, Steve Marriner, Wes Mackey, Bill Johnson, Steve Kozak, Back Alley John, Drew Nelson, Harpdog Brown, Johnny Ferreira, Shuggy Otis, Long John Baldry and Amos Garrett. He has also shared the stage with Kim Wilson, Linton Garner, Sonny Rhodes, Jeff Healey, Matt Minglewood, Dutch Mason, Suzie Vinnick, Jordan Cook, Donny Walsh, Big Dave McLean, Eddie Shaw, Sneezy Waters, Tom Lavin and many, many more.
Tickets are $22 and can be purchased by phone at 604-796-3664 or online or in person at the Ranger Station Art Gallery in Harrison, or Agassiz Shoppers Drug Mart.
The show starts at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6.
The Harrison Festival Society’s 2012/2013 season already includes Murray Porter on Oct. 20, Madison Violet on Nov. 17.
In the new year, confirmed shows include Annie Lou on Jan. 26 and Maeve McKinnon on Mar. 17.