Hills & Lemelin
Calgary Midwinter Buesfest (2010), Calgary Bluesfest (2013)
Veteran bluesmen Bill Hills (harmonica) and Brother Ray Lemelin (guitar) are familiar to blues fans across Canada and the U.S., the pair have literally thousands of performances under their combined belts, including sharing the stage with greats such as Otis Rush, Matt Murphy, Pinetop Perkins, Fenton Robinson, John Hammond and Lowell Fulsom, to name but a few.
Often found in the sideman role as well as being established bandleaders, Hills and Lemelin stepped into the spotlight in 2009 with the release of their acoustic duo CD, Neither Here Nor There, produced by another Canadian blues fixture, Tim Williams.
Originally from Quebec, guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer Brother Ray Lemelin is a highly versatile musician whose range covers acoustic to modern electric blues. Brother Ray has gained notoriety as a leader in Canadian blues. Throughout the years Brother Ray has shared the stage with legends including Albert Collins, Sonny Rhodes, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Valerie Wellington, Fenton Robinson, Luther Johnson, Junior Wells, Johnny V & The House Rockers and Amos Garrett. Brother Ray is an oft-heard performer in clubs across Western Canada.
Calgary based harmonica player and songwriter Bill Hills started the city’s first electric blues band, the Children Blues, during the 1960’s, performing at various local venues. After a brief move to first Toronto and then Vancouver, Hills returned to Calgary to lead several other bands, including the 6-piece Alta Blues, followed by his tenure as a member of Johnny V’s Houserockers. Bill is perhaps most remembered for his Bill Hills and the 9th Avenue Allstars, which performed at the now-famous King Eddy for many years. Bill has shared the stage with such greats as Dr. John, Son Seals, Matt Murphy, Mr B, Mose Allison, John Hammond, Otis Rush, Pinetop Perkins, and many other touring blues acts.
Hills & Lemelin