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Bill Bourne Concert Dance, Nov 18, Vernon

Saturday, November 18     07:30 PM

Army Navy Airforce Spitfire Lounge, 2500 46 Avenue, Vernon, BC, Vernon Locate on the map

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Bring your dancing shoes for this one! The Vernon Folk-Roots Music Society is proud to bring to town Bill Bourne, a stellar multiple Canadian Juno Award winner, who’s received international acclaim for his recordings and live performances.

Saturday, November 18, 2017
Army, Navy, Airforce - Spitfire Lounge, 2500 46 Avenue, Vernon, BC, V1T 8S2
Doors open at 6:45pm, Concert 7:30pm

Tickets $25, VFRMS Members $20.
Tickets available through, 2 weeks before the show at The Bean Scene, at the Spitfire or at the door (cash)

Bill Bourne is a multiple Canadian Juno Award winner, and has received international acclaim for his recordings and live performances. A veteran of the international blues and roots scene, life on the road is reflected in Bill’s music-powerful rhythms and soulful songs, steeped in World Beat, Blues, Cajun, Celtic, Folk, Latin, Funk, Poetry and more…
- The Beach House Arts Co-op

Bill was raised in a musical family in rural Alberta. When he was 2 years old, he was known to sleep behind the piano at country dances where his parents played dance music in the community halls in beautiful farming country. The love of nature and of music and of people gathering for celebration has been with him for his whole life. A multiple Canadian Juno Award nominee and winner, Bourne's music is diverse and is rich with many traditional music elements from around the world. He plays guitar and sings with a deep and soulful sound; his songs convey stories that are poetic and life-affirming. The dance rhythms of his early childhood permeate his musical mélange.

Bill loves to collaborate with friends (musicians), including Alan MacLeod, Shannon Johnson, Lester Quitzau, Madagascar Slim, Aysha Wills, Eivør Pálsdóttir, Wyckham Porteous and Jasmine 'Jas' Ohlhauser. His most recent collaboration is with his own band, The Free Radio Band, which includes his son Pat, Pa Joe, Moses Gregg and Miquel Ferrer. They have released a new recording in 2011 called Bluesland. In 2009 Bill recorded with Eivør Pálsdóttir, Wyckham Porteous and Jasmine 'Jas' Ohlhauser in “Bop Ensemble”. He produced and performed on Eivør’s third solo CD, ‘Eivør’. The recording won double at the Danish Music Awards Folk in 2006. Other collaborations: with Alan MacLeod, Shannon Johnson, Hans Staymer and Andreas Schuld, and Lester Quitzau & Madagascar Slim (Tri-Continental) as well as his solo projects, have all attained award status in Canada.

"I always thought Bill Bourne should have starred with Gene Hackman and Clint Eastwood in 'The Unforgiven.' He's a goddamn movie star, I'd say, with that black top hat and card shark face. More importantly, he is a 'shining light' in the 'North American' Folk Roots scene. He sings, plays guitar and writes with deep soul, and on the current musical landscape these talents constitute a revolutionary act of ART. Listen to Bill Bourne; get Religion, brother and sister. This is the real thing".
Tom Russell
El Paso, Texas

Bill Bourne has down cold what most can’t figure out in a tornado, a strain of the blues so earthily transplanted that you have to wonder if it isn’t a whole new form. Since 1990, he has been nominated for 8 Juno Awards and has won 3 Juno's including:
1990 - Bourne & MacLeod - "Dance and Celebrate" Juno
1992 - Bourne & MacLeod - "Moonlight Dancer"
1993 - Various Artists - "Saturday Night Blues" Juno
1996 - Bill Bourne & Shannon Johnson - "Victory Train"
1997 - Bourne, Schuld, Stammer - "No Special Rider"
1998 - Bill Bourne - "Sally's Dream"
2000 - Tri-Continental - "Tri-Continental" Juno
2003 - Bill Bourne - "Voodoo King"

“Music is a dance; a happy heart. Music is the great teacher. The life in Music is its power of transcendence: Music is a healing force that benefits all living things.”
- Bill Bourne

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