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