2015 Wasaga Beach – Blues In The Schools

Wasaga Beach elementary students got a lesson in the blues this week.

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Mark ‘The Bird’ Stafford, one of a number of musicians in town for the Stonebridge Wasaga Beach Blues Festival spent some time in Birchview Dunes and St. Noel Chabanel in the lead-up to this weekend’s event, turning on a new generation to an old style of music.

Stafford runs a similar program in Port Credit as part of the Southside Shuffle.

“My role is to just have fun [with the kids],” Stafford told The Sun in an interview during the kick-off for the festival last month. “I’ve been in a lot of schools, with kids who have the blues, and those who have never heard the blues before.

“It’s just a matter of going in and having some fun with them, do a workshop, get them to sing a bit.”

Stafford hosts a ‘junior jam’ on Sunday at 1 p.m. on the main stage at Stonebridge.

Stafford’s main instrument is the harmonica, and he took the kids through a history of the harp, and some of the early blues players who made their mark with the instrument.

He also discussed a history of the genre, and its roots in the culture of African-Americans when they were first brought to North America as slaves.

“Out of their suppression came a music we now call the blues – and the harmonica was a big part of that,” he told Grade 8 students at Birchview Dunes on Tuesday. “It came out of hardship, and it also came out of a love of music.”

Birchview Dunes Grade 8 teacher Derek McLean, who is also a local musician, facilitated Stafford’s presentation at the school. McLean said the school already runs a guitar music program.

“Part of the program is to introduce the kids to different styles of music they might not encounter by listening to pop radio,” he said. “We thought it was a fantastic way to get them connected to a very important music style from the past, and the present.”

Blues festival chair Nancy Jarrell was excited to see the students take to the program.

“It’s roots music, and children are our roots, so it’s a great place to grow it. We’ve had the [festival] in Wasaga for five years, but we’ve never engaged the kids, so we’re hoping through programs such as Blues in the Schools, and an interest will grow there and maybe they’ll see the opportunities they may be able to participate in the festival.”

She hopes the festival can expand the Blues in the Schools program for future years, noting other programs provide harmonicas to the students through a sponsor, and teach them how to play; the goal is to bring the local Blues in the Schools program up to that level.

“It would be wonderful to do that,” she said. “We hope to be on board for that next year.”

The festival begins in earnest on Thursday night with a blues crawl, and the Boogie Woogie Blues Banquet on Friday; tickets for the banquet are $75. On Saturday and Sunday, the party shifts to Stonebridge, featuring performances by Canned Heat, Downchild Blues Band, Cheryl Lescom, and Monkey Junk. For more, click here.IMG_1957___Content

Southern Golf Tours – Biloxi Mississippi Golf & Blues 2015 October 18 – 24

Do you want to go to Mississippi, golf during the day and go to blues clubs at night? Why yes would be my response! I’ve done this trip on the gulf coast and it really is a fun experience.

Here’s the details, tell em Mark hipped you!IMG_0202

 

A Golf & Blues Music Week that strikes a chord

by combining two of Mississippi’s greatest assets.

Please contact one of our golf specialists toll free at 1-888-465-3382 or email

GNB@golfpackagesetc.com for additional information or to register for this event.

IP Casino Resort and Spa

October 18 – 24, 2015

6 nights’ accommodations

with breakfast daily

4 rounds of golf including:

The Jack Nicklaus designed

Grand Bear Golf Club, Davis Love

designed Shell landing Golf Club,

The Oaks Golf Club and Hickory

Hills Golf Club

Welcome Cocktail Party

Dinner and Blues at the Shed

BBQ and Blues Joint

motor coach transportation

included – cash bar

Evening Dinner and Blues Cruise

on Biloxi Bay – motor coach

transportation included – cash bar

Blues on the Beach Evening

Music from 7 PM to 10 PM

(Dinner and bar on your own)

Closing night – Cocktail Reception

and Awards dinner

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All for only

$1324 per person!

(Based on double occupancy)

SOUTHERN

GOLF TOURS

Live At The Delta Review – Netherlands

Here’s a google translation for Live At The Delta from Musiczine Netherlands:

Mark is a singer / harmonica Canada . Originally from Toronto, he owes his nickname ‘ Bird’ to his style, close to the legendary jazz saxophonist Charles ‘Bird ‘ Parker. Unsurprisingly, he admits to major influences , Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson and Big Walter Horton . It happens on stage since 1985. In the course of his career, he has mounted various groups, including Polaroid Blues Band and Sly Dogs, which he subsequently changed the surname to Mark ‘ Bird’ Stafford & The Rectifiers . His first official album, ” The bird man” , in 1996. It was not until 2003 to see his second post , titled ” Harpspace ” . He also assured continuously promoting harmonica in meeting regularly under the banner of Harmonica Knights, the best blowers in the country to the maple leaf , and especially Jerome Godboo , Paul Reddick, David Rotundo , Raoul Bhanja , Carlos del Junco , Michael Pickett or Bharath Rajamukar . The album was recorded ‘live’ at the Delta Chesea Toronto in July 2012. Bird is surrounded by his backing group , two guitarists, a bassist and a drummer . The directory is solely devoted to blues classics , and almost exclusively of Chicago blues.

The strength Elpee starts with ” Pretty Baby ” . A component composed by Little Junior Parker, in 1957. From Memphis , this artist disappeared when he was not yet 40 years old. Suffering from a brain tumor, he died during the operation. Training is welded . Bird ‘s voice is admirable. All instruments in place. Then place “Born blind” Sonny Boy Williamson II. Rice Miller is his idol and his style is very well rendered. Stafford then fit a piece of the inevitable Little Walter . An exercise in style instrumental for successful universal ” Juke ” . He switched gears by ” Mellow Down Easy” by the same composer . Remarkable solos are shared with guitarist Aaron Griggs . Bird and easily restores perfectly the style of his master . His cover of ” Sloppy drunk” Sonny Boy Williamson I was bleeding . However, if scrapers ensure their job properly , we must recognize that there is a class difference between the leader and its partners. The tempo slows down and becomes the primary style for ” I found joy” , a title signed by Jimmy Reed. Bird breath , of course, in the treble. He grows even at their peak . He opted again for a component of Rice Miller, “I do not know” , a track in which he embraces the technique of Sonny Boy before granting ticket out a spirited Briggs. Branch Baton Rouge , Louisiana, for ” Got love if you want it ,” a swamp blues signed Slim Harpo . Mark finished his concert by three beaches Willie Dixon, the greatest composer of the Chicago blues , Little Walter popularized by three beaches. Firstly the indolent ” Can not hold out much longer” a summit this live , characterized by a remarkable dialogue between the blower and Bird Bird singer . “It’s too late brother” , then . Very jump and walked with a slight swing maintained by the rhythm section. Finally, the final piece . A true lesson given on harmonized chromatic instrument , percussion face Tyler Burgess . No doubt, Stafford is a particularly brilliant musician .

Aurora Winter Blues Festival – March 8th 2014 – Afternoon Harmonica Workshop & Evening Harmonica Knights Show

Looking forward to this day of Winter Blues Festivities:

March 8th – 1pm to 4pm – Harmonica Workshop with Darran Poole on Guitar.

we will cover:

The “Blues Scale” Blue Notes. position playing, amplified harmonica, acoustic, tone and technique, harp intro’s, basic customizing and cleaning… and topics that you are interested in. This is a workshop so I am looking for your input. And, we will play so bring your harps.

Our special guest and and Sponsor is Jeffrey Wilson – Wilson Music Services (Newmarket). Expert repair and service to all Hohner Products and Sales – 905-853-5082.

here’s the link to the festival site detailsAWBF Thumbnail Logo: http://www.aurorawinterbluesfestival.ca/AWBF/AWBF_Home.html

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Harmonica with The Treblemakers – Senior’s Choir

Every once and a while something really cool happens and you connect with other musical people who spark inspiration, and that’s what happened in the last few weeks. A musician friend from shinny recommended me for a harmonica gig with a senior’s choir. So the gig involves playing harmonica parts for Billy Joel’s “Piano Man”. Cool? Ya, I thoroughly enjoyed working on the tune in first position (Song is in C and I play it on a C diatonic harmonica – what we call first position).

Penelope Dale and her husband Rich (piano) are very much involved with this choir and The Treblemakers sound pretty good and they loved my contribution for rehearsal. So I have that coming up this tues. morning (listed on my gigs) and I thought this may be of interest to some of you seniors who want to get out there and sing sometime in the future?

Here’s Penelope’s Publicity Info:

THE TREBLEMAKERS

 

The Treblemakers is a non-auditioned chorus for singers aged 45+ whose members share their love of singing at weekly rehearsals.  Founded in 2008 by Penelope Dale, the group performs a wide range of repertoire, with selections taken from classical, folk, contemporary, and world music.  An informal concert is held at the end of each term, with an audience comprised of a full house of family and friends.

 

If you love singing and would like to join a group whose primary focus is to create a joyful community of passionate music-makers, then please contact Penelope Dale for more information, and to schedule a placement audition.

 

E-mail: penelope.dale11@gmail.com

 

Telephone: (416) 460-7954

CD Review Via Belgium

http://www.musiczine.net/fr/chroniques/mark-bird-stafford/live-at-the-delta/

translated by our friends at google…

Mark is a singer / harmonica Canada. Originally from Toronto, he owes his nickname ‘Bird’ to his style, close to the legendary jazz saxophonist Charles ‘Bird’ Parker. Not surprisingly, he admits to major influences, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson and Big Walter Horton. He performed on stage since 1985. In the course of his career, he has mounted several groups, including Polaroid Blues Band and the Sly Dogs, which he subsequently changed the surname to Mark ‘Bird’ Stafford & The Rectifiers. His first official album, “The Bird Man” in 1996. It was not until 2003 it published its second, entitled “Harpspace”. He also assured continuously promote the harmonica in meeting regularly under the banner Harmonica Knights of the best blowers in the country to the maple leaf, and especially Jerome Godboo, Paul Reddick, David Rotundo, Raoul Bhanja Carlos del Junco, Michael Pickett or Bharath Rajamukar. The album was recorded ‘live’ at the Delta Chesea Toronto in July 2012.Bird was surrounded by his backing group, two guitarists, a bassist and a drummer. The directory is solely devoted to blues classics, and almost exclusively of Chicago blues.

The strength Elpee starts with “Pretty Baby.” A component made ​​by Little Junior Parker, in 1957. From Memphis, this artist disappeared when he was not yet 40. Suffering from a brain tumor, he died during the operation. Training is welded. Bird’s voice is admirable. All instruments in place. Then place “Born blind” Sonny Boy Williamson II. Rice Miller is his idol and his style is very well restored. Stafford then fit a piece of the inevitable Little Walter. A year of successful instrumental style for universal “Juke”. He switched gears by “Mellow Down Easy” by the same composer. Remarkable solos are shared with guitarist Aaron Griggs. Bird and easily restores perfectly the style of his master. His cover of “Sloppy drunk” Sonny Boy Williamson I was bleeding. However, if scrapers ensure their job properly, we must recognize that there is a class difference between the leader and its partners. The tempo slows down and becomes the primary style for “I found joy”, a title signed by Jimmy Reed. Bird breath, of course, in the treble. He grows even at their peak. He opts for a new component of Rice Miller, “I do not know,” a track in which he embraces the technique of Sonny Boy before granting ticket out a spirited Briggs. Branch Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for “Got love if you want it,” a swamp blues signed Slim Harpo. Mark ends his concert by three ranges of Willie Dixon, the greatest composer of the Chicago blues, three popularized by Little Walter beaches. First indolent “Can not hold out much longer,” one of the top live, characterized by an amazing dialogue between the blower and Bird Bird singer. “It’s too late brother”, then.Very jump and walked with a slight swing maintained by the rhythm section. Finally, the final piece. A true lesson given on the harmonic chromatic instrument, percussion face Tyler Burgess. No doubt, Stafford is a particularly brilliant musician.

 

Bird Takes On A Little Web Work

Well folks bare with me as I navigate through posting my own gigs, blogs and adding some images to my new website. Thanks to Roly Platt of www.platypusdesign.ca I have a new site and he is walking me through it.

It’s a good time and will always be a good time to thank film maker Mako Funasaka of www.talkinblues.com who has helped myself (and many others) immensely to maintain a site for the past many years. Mako’s generosity will never be forgotten as he reached out to me and created a site so that he could develop his skills and help me forward my career, awesome. Take a look around his site for amazing footage on blues and r & b artists from all over the world.

Keeping The Blues Alive USA - Award

Keeping The Blues Alive USA – Award