After his remarquable performance during our 4th edition, it is with great pleasure that we welcome back this Great Canadian Bluesman at Virée Blues Boréale. With his charisma, his devotion and proximity, this internationally reknowned harmonica virtuoso made a strong impression at Virée Blues Boréale.
David Rotundo decided to buy his first harmonica right after he heard James Cotton perform at the El Mocambo. He then assembled his group, The Blue Canadians, and performed in the United States, from Chicago to Austin, through Memphis and New Orleans.
His CD, Blowing for Broke, won the "Best 2001 Blues Album " of the Canadian Independent Artists Association and also earned him a Maple Blues Award. The following year, in 2002, the Maple Blues Awards gave him the prize for "Best New Artist of The Year" and this same year, 2002, he was awarded the CBC/GALAXIE-RISING STAR. It is also the year when he started his tour of Russia, with performances from Vologograd to Moscow, all with great success.
Ever since, his exceptional mastery of the harmonica got him to regularly perform with the legendary Jack de Keyzer, with Ronnie Hawkins, and with the group of Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, former drummer of Muddy Waters, with Lee Oskar (of the legendary group War), with Madagascar Slim, Mel Brown, Jeff Healey, Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Finis Tasby, Magic Slim and The Tear Drops, Elvis Costello, Shakura S’Aida and most notably with his all time idol, James Cotton.
The David Rotundo Band, as presented by Virée Blues Boréale, got underway in 2003. After much fan demand, in late 2007, David recorded and released his live album, Live at Roc'n Docs, which captured the true essence of the band’s high energy live performance. In 2008 it was considered in the top 20 blues albums released that year by various community radio stations with blues format shows.
As a songwriter who easily pulls inspiration from the world around him that fuels his continual writing, Rotundo choose 12 new original songs to grace his fourth album, No Looking Back, which again featured Enrico Crivellaro on guitar as well as Jeff Healey’s keyboardist, Dave Murphy. It was released in March 2009 to overwhelming response from fans both new and old, as well as the music industry itself.
Come see David Rotundo live; you’ll know instantly that he lives for the Blues. The David Rotundo Band will be performing for you at Virée Blues Boréale, on Wed., Nov. 17, 2010, at 8:00 PM at Le Petit Chicago, 50 Promenade du Portage, in the Old Hull sector of Gatineau, QC.
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