Doc MacLean + Albert Frost AKA CanAfrica Blues + Tim Bastmeyer
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Son of a civil rights lawyer and a fiddle player, Doc MacLean was exposed to country blues and folklore at an early age. By his early teens he was performing in coffeehouses and festivals, and was appearing on radio and television variety shows. Answering the call of the road, Doc traded a guitar for a 1948 Dodge and set out to explore America.
In a relentless cross country ramble, Doc MacLean sought out every living old time blues player he could find. Significantly, he met and became friends with artists such as Son House, Tampa Red, ëSippi Wallace, Yank Rachel, Robert Pete Williams, Rev Robert Wilkins and Bukka White. Meanwhile he toured and performed with artists as diverse as Peg Leg Sam the Medicine Show Man, Blind John Davis, Sunnyland Slim, Little Brother Montgomery, Rev Pearly Brown, Colin Linden, Mose Scarlett, the Carter Family, and Sam Chatmon. With Linden, he became a popular opener for Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Muddy Waters, and John Hammond.
First known for his work as an accompanist on harmonica and washboard, Doc proceeded to make his own mark as a guitarist, singer, arranger and band leader. For 15 years he toured a 9 piece Memphis- New Orleans jump band, Dr Limbo and His Fabulous OffWhites, and released a number of singles- some of which achieved heavy regional and college airplay. Alumni from this band include Colin Linden (Bruce Cockburn, The Band, O Brother, etc.), Gord Johnson (Big Sugar), Chris Whiteley (Whiteley Bros., Leon Redbone), Kevin Breit (Nora Jones), and Gene Taylor (Canned Heat, Blasters, Fabulous Thunderbirds).
Performing on bottleneck and standard guitar, Doc MacLean now appears solo and with upright bass and percussion. While his lyrics are mainly contemporary, his approach as a guitarist-songster reflects not only his exposure to southern string bands and jug bands, but also to Delta players and storytellers such as Charlie Patton, Son House, and Sam Chatmon. As Chatmonís most frequent accompanist in the 1970s, MacLean lived in Hollandale, Mississippi, and played a wide variety of house parties, jukes, and festivals from Greenville to New Orleans. Moving on to South Carolina to work with Peg Leg Sam the Medicine Show Man, he then played for ìbootleggers and banditsî in what were probably the last days of an isolated, rough and tumble rural lifestyle.
Doc MacLean came of age playing with some of the Delta's most celebrated songsters. Now, marking 30 years on the blues highway, his work as a songwriter reflects his family roots in the labor movement, his time spent living and performing in the rural southern United States, and his personal connections to the oral and musical history of the Delta. He views his own compositions as part of an unbroken tradition. Now, as America rediscovers its roots, new audiences are discovering Doc MacLean.
For the past two decades the energetic performances of SAMA award winning blues/rock guitarist/singer Albert Frost has captured audiences worldwide.
Dubbed the “South African Hendrix”, Frost deftly alternates between rhythm and lead, showcasing his extraordinary skills on the acoustic and electric guitars. His first love is the Blues, stemming from the influence of his long relationship with the Blues Broers, a well-known and respected group from Cape Town with whom he has performed since 1994 at the age of 17.
He has recorded with Arno Carstens, Koos Kombuis, Chris Chameleon, Anton Goosen, David Kramer, Karen Zoid, Blues Broers and many others. He has performed with every major artist in South Africa, including international artists like Ali Farka Touré and Finley Quaye. He has toured with Simple Minds and Rem, and supported the Rolling Stones. Albert performed at some of the most legendary and exclusive international music festivals including Isle of Wight, Hard Rock Calling and Oppikoppi.
April 2016 saw the release of his much anticipated third solo album, The Wake Up, which, according to Frost, signals the “start of a new journey” for him. In a departure from Frost’s blues roots, The Wake Up explores various musical avenues and lyrical content to create something he says will surprise and excite his fans.
THE ALBUM WON IN THE COVETED BEST ROCK ALBUM CATEGORY AT THE 2017 SAMA AWARDS.
After a very successful 2017 Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, Frost was nominated for a Kanna award as well as a kykNET-Fiëstas 2018 for the Best Music Production for the two shows: with Loki Rothman (The Acoustic Guitar) and with Zolani Mahola (Rok en Rol.) In December Albert Frost was also invited to perform with Henry Ate at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens opening for the Scottish band TEXAS.
His patent enjoyment of the music he performs and his instruments as well as his charming rapport with the audience, keeps his admirers captivated and returning for more.
Tim Bastmeyer is a Canadian blues musician and producer. He has released three solo albums, characterized as a mixture of blues and jazz. His first album, Graveyard, is an all acoustic album, released in 2009. His second, self-titled album, released in 2011, has the same lineup as Graveyard with the addition of Julian Fauth on piano. His third album, All Star Blues Band, is a six-piece band featuring an award-winning cast of Canadian musicians.
Currently Tim is touring as a solo act and is recording a new album. The album will bring Bastmeyer back to the roots of the blues with acoustic slide guitar and vocals only.
Tim has performed in the Netherlands, Germany, Scotland, England, The United States, and Canada. Some notable performances include Kitchener Blues Festival, Beaches Jazz Festival, Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival, Wasaga Beach Blues and Jazz Festival, Aurora Winter Blues Festival, Energy Festival Amsterdam, Copper Kettle Festival, Prince Edward County Wine Festival, Jordan Ice Wine Festival, Trudeau Park Festival, Nathan Phillips Square, At The Station Blues Series, Violets Blues Series, and The Rose Tattoo 25 to Life European tour.