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Fingerstyle blues guitarist Dan Livingstone has been receiving acclaim from musicians and audiences alike as an exceptional guitar player and an engaging performer. Whether playing rags, blues or spirituals, his expressive style marks him as a performer with “big ears” and a passion for the authentic.
Dan heads up two groups, the Guitares Nomades, and the Griffintown Jug Addicts. The Griffintown Jug Addicts draw their inspiration from ‘jug’ bands of the 1930s and 40s, and perform regularly in Montréal and Québec. Their debut album was nominated for a Lys Blues Award in 2012!
Recent reviews of their new CD . . .
This is a group of people not having any regards for being a commercial success overnight. Certainly this was not in their game plan when this music was recorded. Livingstone isn’t aiming for radio airplay so much as just having fun with a group of friends. And the man does have fun. The group seems to be in their element as they mix jug, blues and bluegrass in the obscure Arthur Blake « Chump Man Blues » that is as strong as any moonshine found in an abandoned shotgun shack. [More.]
—Gary Weeks in Blues Blast magazine, 2012
Tel un personnage issu d’une de ses chansons, Dan Livingstone prend la route afin de semer un peu partout les joies du blues traditionnel. Lorsqu’on écoute la deuxième galette de Dan Livingstone, on a soudainement envie d’emprunter la première autoroute sur notre chemin afin de rouler le plus loin possible. On s’imagine alors arrêter dans un bled perdu pour boire jusqu’à l’ivresse dans un débit de boisson. C’est ça, écouter le blues traditionnel que nous offre Dan Livingstone. [Plus.]
[« Like a character drawn from one of his songs, Dan Livingstone stays on the road in order to share the joys of traditional blues with people everywhere. Listening to his second CD, you get a sudden desire to hop in the car and drive as far down the road as possible. You can then imagine stopping in some forgotten village to drink yourself silly. This is the traditional blues of Dan Livingstone. » (More.)]
—Joel Martel, Le Voir, 2012
More reviews of Dan Livingstone . . .
« Ce prodige de la guitare s’est montré très sympathique et généreux face aux spectateurs émerveillés par tant de virtuosité. Dan Livingstone représente le blues des années 1920 à 1940, réuissant à mélanger texte, humour, musique et charme. »
[« This prodigy on the guitar proved himself to be friendly and generous with an audience astonished by his virtuosity. Dan Livingstone interprets the blues from the years between 1920 and 1940; he succeeds in combining commentary, humour, music and charm. »]
— Élise Ferreyrol. La Nouvelle République, Bourges, France: 2004.
“An amazing guitarist…. What a treat!”
— Storman Norman, CFOX (99.3 FM, Vancouver)