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Juno-winning bluesman returns to Cobourg

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today

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Fans of the blues have a treat in store, when Al Lerman returns to Cobourg Nov. 17 for a 7 p.m. concert at Meet at 66 King East.

Submitted Photo Fans of the blues have a treat in store, when Al Lerman returns to Cobourg Nov. 17 for a 7 p.m. concert at Meet at 66 King East.

COBOURG -- Blues artist Al Lerman returns to Cobourg Nov. 17 for a 7 p.m. concert at a cozy cafe whose name is also its address, Meet at 66 King East.

The intimate licensed setting offers the perfect venue for an engaging artist whose great blues numbers, interspersed with humourous anecdotes, have captivated audiences for more than 45 years.

The press release notes that, with his former group Fathead, he got a Maple Blues Award nomination for Acoustic Act of the Year.

"His many fans would agree that the energy, skill and style he brings to his concerts makes Al Lerman one of the most enjoyable performers in Canada," it said.

Originally from Port Colborne, Lernan is now a Havelock resident. Though he has toured the US and Mexico in the past, he much prefers Canadian audiences. He has been influenced by Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Willie Dixon and Junior Wells, but he has a signature style that makes him an outstanding performer.

In a review of his most recent release Slow Burn, John Taylor described his compositions as "for the most part quietly unassuming mini-masterpieces. He is an absolute master"¦every note tempered by experience yet delivered with undiminished energy and enthusiasm, and Lerman has clearly taken the time to get things right. This is the work of a mature and thoughtful artist."

When asked about his affinity for the blues, Lerman said, "It's an honest music that touches my soul." And his brand of it is always a crowd pleaser.

Tickets to the Nov. 17 are available at the Victoria Hall Concert Hall box office (905-372-2210 or www.concerthallatvictoriahall.com).

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