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Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest

Ramada Hotel Downtown
Calgary Bluesfest Host Hotel
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The Blues Foundation


Hubert Sumlin

Guitarmania lX - Friday, Feb.29
Featured Concert - Saturday, Mar. 1

This living blues legend was Howlin Wolfe's guitarist for 20 years, and has played with Pinetop Perkins, Willie Dixon, The Rolling Stones, and Chuck Berry to name a few. He counts among his biggest fans Jimmy Page, Carlos Santana, and John Mayer as well as Keith Richards and Eric Clapton, both of whom play on Hubert Sumlin's latest album.
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Russ Broom

Guitarmania lX - Friday, Feb. 29

Best known for his work as guitarist and producer with Jann Arden over the past 14 years, where he has played an integral role in Arden's creation of a pair each of platinum and gold records, Russell Broom has also collected his own armload of awards and garnered fans all over the world.
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Jack Semple

Acoustic in the Round
Guitar Workshop - Friday, Feb. 29
Guitarmania lX - Friday, Feb. 29

Considered a virtuoso of his art form, Jack Semple plays with unparalleled feeling and total technical control. The JUNO award-winning guitarist/singer has performed from Vancouver to Montreux, released 7 CD's, and shared the stage with international artists ranging from Martha Reeves to k.d. lang.
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Ellen McIlwaine

Acoustic in the Round - Thursday, Feb. 28
Guitarmania lX - Friday, Feb. 29

Canada's first lady of slide guitar, Ellen McIlwaine's music is influenced by her exotic and well-traveled upbringing. Her unique playing style and powerful vocals have earned her cult status amongst blues-based roots fans around the world.
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Bill Johnson

Acoustic in the Round - Thursday, Feb. 28
Guitarmania lX - Friday, Feb. 29

Bill and his fiery fingers have opened for the likes of Delbert McClinton and Otis Rush as well as played lead guitar for veteran bluesmen Dutch Mason, Son Seales, Donald Ray Johnson and Cash McCall, to name a few.
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Bill Dowey & the Blues Devils

Singing the Blues Vocal Camp Performances - Tuesday, Feb. 26
Twilight Blues Jam - Wednesday, Feb. 27

The Eh Team

Acoustic in the Round - Thursday, Feb. 28
Guitarmania lX - Friday, Feb. 29
Midwinter Bluesfest Feature Concert with Hubert Sumlin - Saturday, March 1