Durham County Poets
BLUES, ROOTS, SOUL
Durham County Poets are a “BAND” in the truest sense of the word!
Each member writes and arranges and brings something unique to the table. You’ll hear a variety of genres with a broad range of styles. Be it Blues, Soul, Folk, R&B or Gospel, it all weaves seamlessly together to create a truly authentic contemporary Canadiana sound.
Their fourth album, HAND ME DOWN BLUES, would remain on Roots Music Report’s top 50 charts in Canada for more than 12 months. It was nominated for a JUNO AWARD for Best Blues album of the year 2020.
Their latest album, OUT OF THE WOODS, released May 20th, 2022, is garnering much attention, with top 40, top 20, and top 10 best album of the year lists for 2022.
The band is back in the groove, seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. You’ll hear original, uplifting compositions again from multiple genres and each song tells a story and touches the heart!
Latest Album, Out Of The Woods available here:
“Art isn’t just the turn of a phrase, reaching for a note, digging deep within or discovering the majesty of a brush. It’s a way of life. A higher calling. For many, the most spiritual moments in life – other than life itself – occur not necessarily in a house of worship (whatever gets you through the night) but in a house of blues. For these artists, creating and performing music during the darkness of a worldwide, years-long pandemic might be their highest calling yet. But it wasn’t until local restrictions were lifted, even for a short period of time, as was the case with the night of November 27, 2021 (there is a crack in everything), that the connection could be fully rekindled. That night, with close to 500 Bob Dylan fans in attendance at Montréal’s Club Soda, was when the bright light and joy were revived. It was a long, beautiful night, but it was taken to another level when the Poets, backed by the house band The Moonshiners, began their performance with Not Dark Yet. The musicianship, as always, is top-notch. So, play this music loud. Shake your blues away. Let the Poets take you higher and soothe your soul. Or better yet, make sure you catch them live. Before it gets dark again.”Mitch Melnick, Billy Bob Productions
Montreal pianist Peter Measroch’s career spans many years in rock, roots and blues during which he has composed and performed with artists in his native South Africa, Europe, and North America as well as contributing to a number of film and TV soundtracks.
His keyboard work can be heard on recordings by local artists such as The Stephen Barry Band, Ray Bonneville and Terry Gillespie , but he is also a songwriter whose many influences are apparent in the songs he will be featuring in a solo set at the Maple Blues Café.
Hear some of his music here:
Alan Brown with Jean Guy Haché open for
Sin And Swoon
Cocaberries open for
Stephen Barry Band
We will be limiting the audience to 90 in an effort to keep you all healthy. Tables will be set for 6 and will be spread out a little more than in the past.
Ticket sales will begin at 7:00 pm in the Church. Doors to the hall will open at 7:30 pm.
Tickets $15.00 on sale at the door
24 Maple Ave.
We ask that everyone follow the guidance of social distancing – say hello and smile from a short distance. We welcome and encourage masking.