Mason brings the blues to the Osprey

Published on March 15, 2010
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On Saturday night, March 27, the Osprey Arts Centre presents a show designed to blow the winter blues away.

Garrett Mason, son of legendary Dutch Mason, the prime minister of the blues, will join living legend Joe Murphy and his Water Street Blues Band in a once in a lifetime show.

Mason’s own Garrett Mason Trio is temporarily on hiatus as the result of one of the member’s serious issues, so Garrett will be backed up by Joe and the Water Street Blues Band.

Juno award winner Garrett Mason is a bluesman at heart. His quest to become a musician started at a very early age. His first foray with the guitar came at just four years old, when he found an old guitar with only one string; "I didn't even know what it was, but I knew it was cool.”

His father taught him how to play "Hit the Road Jack" and the Peter Gunn theme song. At 13 he first heard the music of Albert Collins, BB King and Stevie Ray Vaughan. "When I heard those guys, I knew it was something I had to do.”

Garrett played his first live show in his hometown of Truro, Nova Scotia on New Year's Day 2000, playing guitar in his father's band.  In 2004, he took centre stage, writing and performing his own songs.  His first CD, "I'm Just a Man" was released in 2005, and features Garrett's unmistakable voice, suggesting a performer beyond his years, his aptitude for strong original compositions, and his masterful guitar skills.

Garrett's talent and hard work was rewarded that year with the Juno Award for Best Blues Album and the Maple Blues Award for New Artist of the Year. Mason’s latest CD “Love and Sound” received Music Nova Scotia’s award for Blues Recording of the year in 2009.

Joining Garrett will be legendary bluesman Joe Murphy who has helped define the sound of the blues in Nova Scotia. Joe is a multi-instrumentalist, playing blues harp, slide guitar, accordian and squeeze box. His growl of a voice is the quintessential sound of blues. He has played with many famous bluesmen including Otis Rush, John Lee Hooker and Pinetop Perkins.

The Water Street Blues Band will be backing up these two bluesmen. The band features John Eyman, lead and rhythm guitar, Barry Cooke, keyboards and vocals, Fish Fancy, Bass and Gary Potts, Drums.

Saturday, March 27 at 8 PM at The Osprey Arts Centre. Tickets are $17, $5 for youth. They are available at The Whirligig Bookshop, 875 1117, or at the door. Seating is cabaret so get your tickets early if you want a good table.