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Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest

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The Blues Foundation


Singing the Blues Vocal Camp is an annual two-part workshop for local blues singers of all skill levels, who receive instruction from professional vocal coaches and perform with a live band before an audience of family, friends, and new-found fans!

This year's camp saw 11 singers participating in Monday's vocal clinic followed by Tuesday night performances at Ironwood Stage with Bill Dowey & the Blues Devils.

2008 participants: Renee Price, Dylan MacDonald, Lorna Summers, Mary James, SouthPaw Bob, Shannon Kelly, Perry Gangur, Kirby Sewell, Stacey Hellings, Rotten Dan, Ben Cheverie

A panel of three judges critiqued singers based on vocal production, stage presence, their ability to communicate with the musicians without a prior rehearsal, and their interaction with the audience.

Kirby Sewell

Based on the criteria above, panelists selected Kirby Sewell as the top performer of the evening. Kirby will go on to appear on mainstage during the 2008 Calgary International Blues Festival in August.

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David Ward

CKUA Radio announcer David Ward began with the station in 1982, spending 15 of those years as the record librarian and developing the famous library of more than 100,000 CDs, LPs, 78s, 45s, tapes, transcription discs, books and magazines, before becoming host of the station's popular weekday program, Afternoon Edition.

A professional musician, David played saxophones in a rock 'n' roll band and also learned other woodwinds, guitars, basses and the piano before finding his voice. His vocal credits include appearances with the Richard Eaton Singers, The University of Alberta Concert Choir, and the Edmonton bluegrass band Lonesome And Then Some.

Moving to Calgary from Edmonton almost four years ago, David has become a familiar face at local events and is a strong supporter of the Alberta arts scene.

Afternoon Edition is broadcast on FM 93.7 weekdays from 3-6 pm. To tune in online and to read more about David, visit CKUA Radio

Kelly Kavanaugh

Originally from Toronto, blues singer Kelly Kavanaugh started performing at the age of 16 on the local and Southern Ontario clubs and festival circuit. She first released a single on 45, followed by a cassette in the early 80's from which she saw a single make it to the top 10 in Western Canada.

Kelly moved to Calgary in 1995, where she became a familiar face on the local scene, playing clubs and private events. She recorded in late 90's, with Calgary musician Tim Williams acting as producer.

After a hiatus from the music business for the last few years, Kelly has returned to writing music and has formed a new cover band called Ten Forward, performing at local clubs and events and featuring her unique blend of classic and contemporary R&B, Motown, and blues.

Cindy McLeod

Jazz vocalist Cindy McLeod began singing professionally in 1979, going on to share the stage with such greats as saxophonist P.J. Perry, drummer Keith Copeland, and pianist Linton Garner.

Cindy has toured in Canada, Europe, Asia, and recently, Mexico City, where she performed with Grammy award-winning bassist Roberto Aymes & his trio. She released her debut CD Easy Living in 1995, followed by Ask Me Now (2002) and Conversation With Love (2005), and is a talented lyricist who has set words to compositions for artists in Canada and abroad.

Cindy writes daily about Canadian jazz & blues on her Jazz Elements website, is a popular voice coach and a producer of the Calgary Bluesfest.
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