Sunday, October 24, 2010


The much-expected return of a pioneer at Virée Blues Boreale’s 12th edition

A participant in the very first show of Virée Blues Boreale in 2005, Steve Rowe (with The Ramblers), really won over all of Virée Blues Boreale’s audiences on both of his visits, given the depth of his compositions where Classic Blues cleverly mixes with today’s «Power Blues», pure Blues with a foot on the international doorstep.

For this occasion, the prolific Canadian Blues composer and performer will be accompanied by a distinguished guest - Brian Cober - the creator of the much impressive “double slide” guitar technique. For sure, this technique has been copied, but its creator’s mastery has yet to be matched.

Virée Blues Boreale presents the meeting of '50s Chicago Blues and '60s English Blues with Steve Rowe and his guest, Brian Cober (of The Nationals, a long-running mainstay at Grossman's Tavern in Toronto) on Wednesday, October 27, at 8 p.m. at Le Petit Chicago in Gatineau, QC (just across the bridge from Ottawa, ON).

A master of the Blues guitar, Steve Rowe acquired a solid reputation as a guitarist with a unique sound. Freely translated, Randy Renaud of Montreal’s CHOM FM 97,7 says: "Steve is distinctly in the Blues guitarists’ tradition, a professional who is only satisfied with his songs and each note that he delivers perfectly."

Presented as a "Guitar Hero" by The Montreal Gazette and by the Voir newspaper, his reputation spreads beyond our continent’s frontiers. In 2000, Driving the Blues Away was selected for Best CD by Mr. Big Al Watts, an authority with the «Brisbane Blues Society" of Australia and Front Rowe Center was acclaimed by Belgian, Norwegian and German critics.

Steve’s soundtracks for movies and TV series such as the highly popular Prank Patrol on YTV, Homerun on the CBC or Teddy Bear and Seven Days movies earned him nominations and awards throughout his career. He was brilliant through all of his performances, namely those at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, at Festiblues, at Sutton en Blues, at Blues de Tremblant, at Virée Blues Boreale, as well as in his premieres and collaborations with legends like Bryan Lee, Colin James, Smokey Wilson, Hubert Summlin and Buddy Guy.

A summary of the last 25 years of this virtuoso guitarist’s career proves the value of his global performance. With his long-time associate Alec McElcheran on bass, Steve Rowe and his guest, Brian Cober, will have le Petit Chicago rocking with their integral Blues, Blues of the '50s sounds, jazz and Swing Bop Shuffle.

Steve Rowe and Brian Cober are expecting your presence at Virée Blues Boreale, on Wednesday, October 27/10, at 8h00 p.m., at Le Petit Chicago, 50 Promenade du Portage, in the Old Hull sector of Gatineau.

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You can find supplementary information on our guest at:

You should also visit our own site, which provides links to all of our guests' sites as well as lots of other most interesting data at:

and also on our facebook page at: “vireebluesboreale”.


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