Feature Story                                                                Sunday, January 15, 2016


The Baron of Blues

One of Canada's best musicians of all-time January 28 in Harrison

Bryan Cutler, Harrison Festival Society/Submitted photos



If you've never seen the extrodinary Jim Byrnes, thennow's your time January 28 at Harrison Memorial Hall.

he Harrison Festival Society will present west coast, Juno Award winning blues musician Jim Byrnes, along with a stellar band of Vancouver musicians, on Jan 28 at the Harrison Memorial Hall.

It is a cliché to introduce a musician as "needing no introduction", but in the case of Jim Byrnes, this just may be the case - at least for anybody familiar with the Canadian music scene of the last 40 years.

Raised in the blues heartland of St. Louis, Missouri, Byrnes is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, whose deep love affair with the blues goes back a long way.

Born in 1948, Byrnes was singing and playing blues guitar by the time he was thirteen. His first professional gig was in 1964.


In the mid 1970s, he moved to Vancouver, and by the late 1980s had established himself as a household name in the city, not only as a musician but also as an actor in film and television, perhaps most famously for the show Highlander and as host of the Jim Byrnes Show.


“Jim’s career as an actor and television personality made him a recognizable face even outside of the music world,” notes Artistic Director Andy Hillhouse. “However inside the music world he is greatly respected. He’s achieved a lot, has a deep resumé, and continues to make great music, looking to younger players for partnership.”

The post 2000 era has been a prolific one for Byrnes. His inspired partnership with talented producer and slide player Steve Dawson has led to no less than 5 recordings in 6 years, delving into a rich vault of American roots music from Delta Blues to Gospel, and even country.


For the Harrison show, Byrnes will be playing with a quartet that includes the exciting guitar virtuoso Paul Pigat. “Harrison audiences will know Paul Pigat from his rockabilly project Cousin Harley, or from his performance two years ago on our beach stage with his acoustic project,” says Hillhouse. This will be Byrnes’ first show in Harrison since May 2013.

The 2014's St. Louis Times is Jim's most personal record to date. Reminiscences of his childhood home of St. Louis are expressed through his original compositions as well as versions of songs he grew up with that were recorded by St. Louis musicians.


The sheer joy you can hear in the music Jim Byrnes and company create is the real reason to celebrate.




About the Harrison Festival Society
Known worldwide for its professional artistry and small town hospitality, the Harrison Festival Society has long been a beacon for growing acceptance of diversity and purpose fuelled programming. Each July for more than 35 years the Society has produced the internationally acclaimed Harrison Festival of the Arts, a 9 day, cross disciplinary, multicultural art event set amidst the small town atmosphere and breathtaking scenery of Harrison Hot Springs, BC. A charitable non-profit, grass-roots organization, the Society also presents an annual Season of the Performing Arts from September to May and works closely with a number of Fraser Valley partners.


Visit www.harrisonfestival.com for more information or connect via email here info@harrisonfestival.com

To buy tickets call 604 796 3664



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