Saturday, Aug 18 8:30pm,
Victoria Row - FREE
A Cape Breton lad who has become a master of the blues slide guitar, John Campbelljohn is very busy around the East Coast of Canada, but has also found a growing, appreciative and knowledgeable blues audience in Europe. He regularly tours in Germany, Norway, Austria, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, and Italy. Campbelljohn's record label and his agent are both based in Germany, which is why he recorded his new album, "Celtic Blues, Live" in Hamburg before a live audience.
Campbelljohn's acoustic solo sets combine the influences of such diverse players as Fred McDowell, Ry Cooder and John Hammond while his playing in any setting is bound to the influence of the three "kings" in his life, B.B., Freddie and Albert, along with the Allman Brothers, whose rendition of "Statesboro Blues"at a high school dance stopped the young Campbelljohn in his tracks.
Campbelljohn's professional awards include "Canadian Slide Guitarist of the Year" from the Real Blues Awards in 2000 and 2001, as well as the 2007 East Coast Music Awards' "Blues Recording of the Year" for the album, Weight of the World.