End of Winter Blues Music Festival

Supporting "Blues in the School"

program in the Quinte Region

March 12, Loyalist College's Shark Tank Pub

Doors open at 1:00 PM

$25.00 All Day Pass

All ages event, children under 14 free with adult,

Student discount at the door


Ticket Available at:

Smokehouse Blues - Belleville

Arpeggio Guitar - Trenton

Riverside Music - Trenton

Zap Records - Cobourg

Strum Music - Picton

Brian's Record Option - Kingston

Festival Host Hotel

Belleville Best Western

Call: 613-969-1112

Ask for the Blues Rate

$79.00 plus taxes

Based on double occupancy

Program Schedule

Quinte's Finest Blues & Roots Musicians

      • 1:25 - Timeline

      • 1:50 - Roger Dorey

      • 2:15 - Lowdown Blues Band

      • 2:40 - Joe Callahan

      • 3:05 - Bloodshot Blues Band

      • 3:30 - Jana Reid and Tightrope

      • 3:55 - Tore Down

      • 4:20 - Peg Voigt Band

      • 4:45 - Tim Campbell

      • 5:10 - Lenni Stewart

      • 5:35 - Fade Kings

      • 6:00 - The Stir

      • 6:25 - Mark Taylor

      • 6:50 - Bad Poetry

6:00 till 7:00

Southern Style Buffet $12.50

8:00 PM

Bluesman, Alan Black

"Happy as a Monkey" cd release

9:00 PM

Reunion Performance by

Jackson Delta

"Rick Fines, Alan Black & Gary Peeples"



History of Jackson Delta

Jackson Delta emerged - after almost 15 years of work in coffee houses, clubs, colleges, concert halls and festivals - as a world-class acoustic roots/blues band.

The trio of Alan Black (drums, harmonica), Rick Fines (guitars) and Gary Peeples (guitars) has taken its own brand of basic, emotive, stripped-down music to enthusiastic audiences from the Mississippi Delta to the Mackenzie Delta.

"Jackson Delta grew out of rock n roll bands that Al and Gary and I played in. On our off nights we would get together to play acoustic blues." - Rick Fines.

Blending the traditional sounds of the rural south with their own contemporary songwriting, this is a band with rare depth, passion, and finesse. And when the three residents of Peterborough, Ontario named their band after the Jackson Creek, which flows into Little Lake right beside the downtown Holiday Inn, they indicated that their music has a home-grown wit as well.

Jackson Delta's first hint of a strong future was in 1988, when the trio placed third in the new talent contest for the National Blues Awards, ( now called International Blues Challenge) and cut their first album in the famed Sun Studios in Memphis - in a single hour. The resulting tape, Delta Sunrise, is a collector's item these days as only 250 copies were pressed.

The follow-up album, Acoustic Blues (nominated for Best Roots/Traditional at the 1990 Juno awards), was recorded a year later. This independently released album was just what the band needed to trigger interest among club bookers, concert promoters and festival organizers. Since then the band has hardly paused for breath.

The band's third album, Lookin' Back, continued the trio's exploration of the blues tradition, but was markedly different in that all but two pieces were original tunes. A fourth album resulted from a live session cut with pianist Gene Taylor at the Ultrasound Showbar in Toronto in the spring of 1992. Titled I Was Just Thinking That... the record brought the band their second Juno nomination.

During the late 80's early 90's, Jackson Delta performed at virtually every important folk, jazz and blues festival across the country, toured with Muddy Waters veteran piano man Pinetop Perkins and performed with Colleen Peterson, Mose Scarlett, Ken Hamm and many others.

In total this acoustic blues trio garnered two Juno nominations, was runner-up for the BB King Lucille Award at the prestigious Handy Awards, toured North America and Britain and opened for John Lee Hooker, releasing several albums along the way.

It may have been Stereophile magazine that described the band best:

"homemade, late-night, bare-bulbed, linoleum-floored kitchen blues with gritty vocals, solid arrangements and always biting rhythms."

During the past fifteen years the members of Jackson Delta have each followed individual routes along their musical careers, coming together on special occasions, like this years End of Winter Blues Music Festival

At 47, Rick Fines is a veteran of the folk and blues circuits in North America.

In October 2005 Rick went to Alabama where he took first place in the Sweetgum Bottom Acoustic Blues Competition. His song “Riley Wants His Life Back” won first place in the blues category of 2003 International Songwriting Competition, with B.B. King one of the judges!

He won the Maple Blues Award for Songwriter of the Year last year, Acoustic Act Of The Year twice (98, 99), and has received eight additional nominations.

His work with Jackson Delta (for 15 years) brought nominations from both the Juno and the Handy Awards. He has played for legendary blues piano player Pinetop Perkins, songstress Colleen Peterson, folk icon Penny Lang and many others.

He toured from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic, from B.C. to NYC last year alone, bringing his understanding of blues, finger-style and bottleneck guitar. Just this past January and February 2011, toured eastern Europe (Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic)

In addition to a busy touring schedule, Fines conducts classes and workshops. For several years now he has taught fingerstyle guitar at the Haliburton School of the Arts and blues guitar at Kincardine Summer Music Festival in Ontario and Hornby Island Blues Workshop in British Columbia. He also works with kids as part of the Blues In The Schools programs in Ottawa, Saskatoon, Toronto, Fredericton and the Quinte region.

Alan Black has since been running Maggie’s Eatery in Peterborough and playing with every blues band in the area. Club-goers in Peterborough, know that they’re in for some great music if Alan Black is in the house. Alan wows audiences with his ability to play drums and harmonica simultaneously and soulfully.

These days, it’s easiest to catch this talented guy on stage in Al Black and the Steady Band, which offers up New Orleans funk and echoes of the early blues masters. With a rhythm section that includes Black on the drum kit, Andy Pryde on bass and Rob Steele on hand drums, the groove is hypnotic. Together with Gary Peeples on guitar, this core band weaves Rock 'n' Roll and Caribbean rhythms together in songs that can bring to mind The Meters and Little Feat.

As a 12-year-old, Alan saw Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee on TV, bought a harmonica and started practicing along with Bob Dylan and Rolling Stones records. By the time he was in high school he was playing house parties, doing songs by heroes like the Yardbirds and James Brown. At 19, he was playing drums in a blues band that eventually backed legendary piano player Sunnyland Slim. As co-founder of Jackson Delta, Alan did much to shape the sound, playing blues rhythms on his vintage drum kit and traditional-yet-innovative blues harp, and singing - often on the same song!

For decades now, Alan Black has been the backbeat of Peterborough in bands like Stonebridge Blues Band, Rocket 88s, and Bobcajun. International audiences have heard him with Colleen Peterson, Larry Garner, Pinetop Perkins, Gene Taylor and many others.

This past November, Alan release his first recording since working with Jackson Delta and Rick Fines. Critics and blues officiates agree it’s been long over due. One of the reasons this is such a good CD is the quality of Black’s original songs. Another is Black’s strong singing. And he remains one of the few to play harmonica from the drum kit and do it well. “When I Hear You” opens the disc as if Jackson Delta had never left. It’s a delightful acoustic romp with that characteristic drumming.


Local Showcase


TimeLine is an eclectic 5-piece band offering a “musical buffet” of different styles and genres!  Lorri Taylor displays her blues stylings in a soulful manner while guitarist and mandolin player Pat Clark and bassist Kevin Dishart bring a myriad of recognizable folk-rock based songs rooted in the 1970’s.  Lead guitarist John Cadeau provides an edge in the vein of Carlos Santana and Joe Walsh.  Percussionist Myron Melnyk complements this ensemble with his unique Latin fusion drum sound.  Great harmonies and an entertaining array of different styles are the signatures of this Quinte area band. 

Roger Dorey

Roger Dorey is a Kingston-based singer, songwriter, spoken-word performer, and poet. He has performed his own original music widely throughout eastern Ontario at such events as Kingston’s ‘Homegrown’ Festival and is a regular featured performer at Toronto’s Gate 403. Dorey draws on a range of artistic influences as diverse as Howlin’ Wolf, Jethro Tull, David Bowie, and punk; he blends these into his own unique mix. Radio DJ Wayne Vermette calls Roger Dorey “one talented guy.” According to the poet R.D. Roy, “the man at the microphone starts playing that guitar, singing and reciting those lines and it all goes right to where you need it and you don’t want to be anywhere else.” Author Jeanette Lynes calls Roger Dorey “a troubadour for our times.” www.rogerdorey.wordpress.com

Lowdown Blues Band

Delivering a mix of fast-paced, high-energy rockin' blues, this 4 piece band is made up of seasoned veteran musicians from as far afield as South Carolina, and Montreal. Taking a tight rhythm section consisting of Sean (Bassman) MacMillan and Chad Brooks on percussion/vocals, adding premier guitarman Jeremy Lavalley, and topping with Mick Manning on vocals and blues harmonica produces a style of Blues that truly has multi-genre roots. A truly rocking combination.

Joe Callahan

Joe Callahan started playing music professionally at the age of thirteen as a singer and drummer covering Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Beatles, and The Beegees in the mid-sixties and continued for ten years, while in the process, supporting his education and supplementing his income. Today, some 45 years later, as a singer-songwriter and guitar player he performs often but irregularly at events that have social justice underpinnings. Preferring to play the picket line to the concert hall, until now his music was more likely to turn up at a fundraiser than on a CD.

Writing steadily for years now, he teams up with multi-instrumentalist Peter Snell for organized performances playing a mix of original and off-the beaten-track material sprinkled with the occasional favourite covers. He plays regularly with Quinte area musicians at jams he co-hosts with Peggy Voigt and other Loyal Blues Fellowship musicians. He does a limited number of performances a year as a single and once or twice a year with the Loyal Blues Band where fun and improvisation supersede anything suggesting formulaic arrangements.

Callahan is working on his first CD of original music, Watching the Light scheduled for release in October 2011.

Bloodshot Blues Band

The Bloodshot Blues Band is a group of four musicians that believe in playing the blues with passion and heart. Their motto is "Play it like you mean it". Father and son, Don and Shawn Dore share the stage with an incredibly talented rhythm section in drummer Ben Mahaffy, and bass guitarist Sandy Sweet. Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert Collins, Albert King and many of the greats from the past is where they get their inspiration. They also sprinkle a few of their own originals into the mix. This band holds nothing back when it comes to playing the Blues.

Jana Reid and Tightrope

Fronted by award winning vocalist and songwriter Jana Reid, Tightrope is a blues driven high energy 5 piece, which draws from a collective musical life span of close to 100 years! Willie Dixon once said, “blues is the root, everything else is the fruit”. With that in mind they offer Blues, R n B, Funk , Rock and more, from past to present, when the need arises! Jana Reid and Tightrope is comprised of Matt Ray - Guitar/Vox, Andy Thompson – Keys/Vox, Bill Murphy – Drums/Vox, Pat McTaggart – Bass/Vox and Jana Reid Lead Vocals.

Tore Down

Tore Down is a hard driving Chicago style blues band with a big harmonica sound. This Belleville based band has become a fixture in the bars, festivals and charity events in the area, Tore Down performs a wide variety of blues, with the odd classic rock tune, and many originals thrown into the mix. They all love what they do! And it shows, as they will keep you either tapping your feet, or out of your seat. Featuring Rick Cooke – Harp, Lead Vocals; Quinn Bourdeau – Guitar, Lead Vocals; Mike Acerra – Bass, Lead Vocals, Chris Georgiou – Drums, Backing Vocals, this band is a crowd pleaser with energy to spare.


The Peg Voigt Band

Featuring the vocal talents of the Loyal Blues Fellowship’s own Madame President, with her partner Ken McColm on Keys and Harp, the very talented Mike Acerra on Bass, and the steady hand of Frank Estabrooks on percussion. Peggy’s special guest on lead guitar is Jesse Roper, featured at last summers Frankford Island Blues Festival as an emerging new artist. A native of Victoria BC, Jesse has now made Ontario his home to pursue his musical career. Let’s make him feel at home!

Tim Campbell Band

Tim Campbell is a captivating performer, alone or with his band the excitement never ends.  Tim’s amazing vocal range is second only to his incredible guitar playing.  Classic songs take on a new life in the hands of his masterful talent.  Tim Campbell is in a league all on his own!  His energy, style and passion are unmatched! 

Lenni Stewart Band

Canadian chanteuse & songwriter Lenni Stewart’s expressive and rich voice delights audiences of all ages, and her evocative lyrics have made her first CD- Root Cellar Boogie, a popular edition to many a music collection.  Having recently completed a month-long Canadian tour as the opening act for Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney, performing in theatres from Whitehorse to Sydney NS., she returned to Ontario and her home of Prince Edward County to continue working on her next CD- a  Jazz / Blues mix of originals and classics, as well as a rapidly expanding performance schedule.   Her broad repertoire of folk-blues, traditional jazz and Broadway will offer up a selection of spicy tunes for the enjoyment of festival attendees, backed by the dynamite collaboration of musicians, bassist John Devries (Fade Kings), pianist Tom Dietzel, drummer John Logue and newcomer to the Loyalist Blues scene, Caleb Hutton (Instant Rivalry) on guitar.

Fade Kings

It started in the 1960's during one of the most revolutionary musical decades ever. There was a confluence of Memphis Rockabilly, British invasion re-looping American Blues, Motown pounding out R&B, soul drenched, and a pervasive San Francisco psychedelic glow. Let's not forget Chicago and the boys at Chess, nor the real deal from Stax...if this is making sense to you, then you have an idea of what is happening in the Fade Kings sound. These were the influences, more like trailblazers that broke down barriers, the voices that questioned the political and social values of the day. To the point...the Fade Kings pay homage to the past. The music they make is heartfelt, straight ahead and occasionally sparkles with just a drop of something pure and truthful. Instrumentation includes guitar, bass, keyboards, tenor sax and drums.

The Stir

The Stir is fronted by singer, harmonica player, songwriter and recording artist Tony Vani. He hails from Belleville Ontario and is known for his soulful bluesy vocals and skillful harmonica playing. He is a charismatic and high-energy performer touring Canada for the last 2 decades both in blues and pop/rock bands.  He is sometimes joined by his wife Debbie Hoskin, a jazz and blues singer from New York. Tony and Debbie along with their seasoned band members continue to delight audiences wherever they perform.   

Mark Taylor (2011 International Blues Challenge, Solo/Duo Rep)

Mark’s music is an uncommon and beautiful arrangement of melody and grit; in time and out of time; take it away and bring it on home. Autobiographical, with a Springsteen-like honesty, his lyrics continue to be cathartic attempt to find his place in the world. The world through his eyes that is.  Both big and bold, his baritone voice and un-repenting guitar style should be at competitive odds all night.

Have purposely neglected to pigeon hole Mark Taylor as _______ act/performer. Yes, there are audible aspects of blues, roots, and soul in his music. There are though many more subtle aspects to his writing and playing that make him impossible to define. Mark is indeed a refreshing dose of real, organic hard working talent in a world that seems to be dominated by the insta-bands rolling off big record assembly lines.


Bad Poetry Band (2011 International Blues Challenge, Band Rep)

The Bad Poetry Band is known for its energetic and dynamic live performances; top heavy with funky riffs and rhythms. Its members' ages span three decades giving the band’s blues musical core the gamut of influences: rock, jazz, reggae, gospel, funk and soul. While the band performs unique interpretations of other artists' music, their new original tunes straddle the boundaries of traditional and progressive blues.

Playing in central Ontario since 2005, the Campbellford-based band features original member Peter Thorn on guitar, vocalist Phil Smith on guitar and bass, Jacob Charles on Fender guitar and bass, and returning members Ken Layton on drums and Ian Davis on saxes.


Photos by: Mako Funasaka