Singing the blues

photo courtesy of Guy Davis Blues musician Guy Davis will be stopping in Fort Simpson as part of a tour with the Northern Arts and Culture Centre.

photo courtesy of Guy Davis
Blues musician Guy Davis will be stopping in Fort Simpson as part of a tour with the Northern Arts and Culture Centre.

Hay River is about to get a taste of the blues but not because winter is returning.

This week legendary New York blues musician Guy Davis will visit the community, stopping by the Diamond Jenness High School before an evening performance.

Davis is known for his New Orleans-inspired sound and has released more than a dozen records since the 1970s.

His show is part of the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre’s fall tour.

“He’s really excited to come back above the 60th parallel,” said Marie Coderre, executive and artistic director of the Yellowknife-based arts promoter.

Davis has previously performed twice in Folk on the Rocks.

She said fans of music from the southern United States will probably know Davis’ name or enjoy his music.

“It’s truly pure talent,” she said of his distinctive, self-taught finger picking style which he learned from a nine-fingered man on a train.

Davis, who after the stint with NACC in the territory is set to tour Italy, will be performing with his guitar and harmonica, she said.

“You’re in for a treat. It’s going to be a warm show,” Coderre said.

The town is his third stop during the NACC’s fall show tour that starts in Inuvik and ends in Fort Simpson.

Coderre said she hopes between 40 to 70 people attend the show.

“We strongly encourage people in Hay River to be at this show,” Coderre said.

The performance is expected to last about 45 minutes, though it may be longer because Yellowknife singer Grey Gritt is playing an opening set.

Davis will be performing at the Riverview Cineplex on Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available at the theatre or the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre website.