• Hamilton Blues Society Joins Hamilton Arts Council

    The Hamilton Blues Society has joined the Hamilton Arts Council. The Hamilton Arts Council is an umbrella organization that acts as a communication vehicle for all kinds of arts groups in Hamilton, whether for profit or not-for-profit. The Blues Society is looking forward to participating in the local arts community and to contributing to the Arts Council as an active member.


  • Jammer In The Hammer #5 To Be Held On July 27th 2pm – 6pm

    Let’s make this our best jam ever, in memory of blues legend Johnny Winter. As always, we’re encouraging you to think of those less fortunate by bringing some non-perishable groceries to help support the St. Matthew’s House food bank.

    johnny winter

    Start time: 2pm
    End time: 6pm
    Blues Room (upstairs) @ Knights of Columbus, 222 Queenston Road, Hamilton
    Admission by donation to the Hamilton Blues Society.  Free parking. All ages, licensed event.

    Cheap beer, good food, great music!

    Membership Drive Is On. Membership Includes Bluesfest Admission.

    Have a say in the future of your Hamilton Blues Society. With your $20 membership to the Hamilton Blues Society, you will receive the right to vote at our first annual meeting this fall. As a special thank-you you’ll get a ticket to the Hammer Bluesfest, to be held on November 1. Harpdog Brown is our special headliner for this day-long event, and many other acts to be announced.

    Regular Bluesfest ticket price is $30, early bird prices are in effect until August 31.

    When you pay your $20 membership dues to become an active, voting member of the Hamilton Blues Society you’ll receive your Bluesfest ticket NO EXTRA CHARGE. This special offer is for the July 27th Jammer In The Hammer.

    We have other partner discounts to share with paid memberships, including 15% off at Crash Landing Music and 15% off at The Binary Guys computer services.

  • Canada Day Weekend Open Jam, June 29th

    Canada Day Weekend!

    It’s time to start the summer with a blues jam! Our monthly event for June is the open jam on Sunday, June 29th in The Blues Room at the Knights of Columbus hall. 2 PM start, goes until 6 PM.

    You’re invited, of course.

    Cash bar, free parking, food service, great people.

    FOOD DRIVE for St. Matthew’s House food bank.

    Admission is by cash donation to HBS ($5 suggested). Bring your instrument and amp. Three song limit. Sign up at the stage when you arrive.

    Play… and stay.

    More Blues News: Big Event TBA

    There’s other exciting news coming soon. We’re working on a major fall blues event with some major talent being brought in, and some of our best local acts as well, including the Hammer Blues Band with involvement from many of our local players and participants from Hamilton Blues Society jams (that could be you!)

    So stay tuned. A press announcement will be made in July about this premier Blues Society event! By being on this email list, you’ll get the information about how to be a participant with the Hammer Blues Band.

    Voting Membership Drive

    For more information about becoming a voting member of the Hamilton Blues Society and participating in our first General Meeting (scheduled for this fall), please send me an email. We have prepared a membership package and would like to send it to you via PDF email, or hard copy snail mail.

    Best regards,

    Glen Brown, secretary
    Hamilton Blues Society

  • Photos from May 25th Sunday Showcase, Bucket List and Tripleplay

    Photos from last Sunday’s Showcase on May 25th with Bucket List and Tripleplay. Looking forward to the next Open Jam on June 29th!

    John Staley by John Crawford
    Bucket List’s John Staley, photo by John Crawford
    Meaghan Lawrence by John Crawford
    Tripleplay’s Meaghan Lawrence, photo by John Crawford
    Nick Michas by Ivan Sorensen
    Tripleplay guest Nick Michas, photo by Ivan Sorensen
    Paul Lawrence by Ivan Sorensen
    Tripleplay’s Paul Lawrence, photo by Ivan Sorensen
    Tripleplay by Bill Watson
    Tripleplay, photo by Bill Watson

  • Hammer Blues Band Performs at Hamilton Blues and Roots Festival

    The Hammer Blues Band – (l to r) Dave Dalgleish, Charly Chiarelli, Paul Lawrence, John Crawford, Glen Brown, John Godek, Michael Moses, Dean Irvine.

    The perfect weather made for a superb day. Thanks to the event organizers, Sonic Unyon, and the Westdale BIA for creating this event, and for inviting the Hamilton Blues Society to take part. We’re looking forward to next year!

  • Showcase Review: Tripleplay and Bucket List, May 25, 2014

    The Hamilton Blues Society presented a special showcase concert on Sunday May 25 at their home venue, the Knights of Columbus Hall on Queenston Road at Parkdale. The sizable and enthusiastic audience enjoyed a delicious hot meal before hearing two lively sets of some “made in the Hammer” blues.

    Lots of Sizzle and Steak

    Headlining was Paul Lawrence and his tight, groovy band Tripleplay, and opening was the recently birthed, baggy shirted, whiskery faced Bucket List Band. The two bands presented a well-balanced contrast of music, leaving the sizable and enthusiastic audience happy and satisfied.


    Paul Lawrence
    Photo: Ivan Sorensen

    Paul Lawrence began playing blues guitar seriously when he was in high school, and was soon gigging regularly. With years of front- and side-man experience Lawrence has developed a confident vocal style that is reminiscent of Eric Clapton. He plays with a smooth, relaxed solo style that allows him to create long, logical, flexible and intense musical phrases.

    Photo: Bill Watson

    Lawrence was joined by daughter Meaghan aka “Megatron” on the drums, Billy Good on bass, and guest Nick Michas on harmonica. This concert was one of the best performances I’ve heard from Michas, who is no stranger to local blues jams.

    Tripleplay’s Meaghan Lawrence
    Photo: John Crawford

    Being a pretty humble guy, he blamed the excellent sound on his vintage amplifier, but I’m not letting him off the hook: he carved out some really sweet and soulful moments on his harp, which provided an appropriate balance and variety to Lawrence’s guitar.

    Nick Michas
    Photo: Ivan Sorensen

    Meaghan Lawrence provided solid and steady drumming, capturing a confident shuffle groove and nailing down a solid meter every time. Bassist — also was relaxed and confident, laying down excellent bass lines to create a solid and balanced foundation.

    At the end, several Blues Society Members and other audience members were called up to join a jam on Sweet Home Chicago. Cook Debbie Watson even got in on the act, playing the cowbell with her rolling pin, perfectly in time.

    The Bucket List Opening Set

    Bucket List’s Ralph Lefevre
    Photo: Ivan Sorensen
    Bucket List is hard to define. The guys in the band are as diverse in personality types as you could imagine. They do, however, share a common thread of being in the “over fifty” age bracket, which makes it fairly remarkable that A) they can still do this, and B) they are dedicated to trying out some new stuff, and C) they completely energized the room during their eight-song set. One can almost see each Bucket-Lister breaking out of his aging shell the minute the music starts. This love for great music is the one thing they share, and they all want to make sure each musical arrangement is slanted in a direction they approve.
    John Staley of Bucket List
    Photo: John Crawford

    Front-man John Staley covers the vocals and bass, accompanied by Dave Dalgleish on keyboards, Ralph Lefevre on guitar, and Glen Brown on drums. Dalgleish alone with his swiveling hips and infectious boogie dance behind the keys is worth the price of the show. The horn section consisting of Ron Baker on trumpet, John Godek on tenor sax, Carl Korody on trombone, and Jack McLaren on baritone sax left no doubts that they can pack a punch, while being only slightly less animated in their actions.

    Bucket List broke the New York City-based ban on Mustang Sally and opened their set with the well-worn R&B classic, but this was the least-boring version of the tune to be heard anywhere. Conferring with band members after the show, I learned that Staley has a knack for instantly re-arranging songs (ie. forgetting a verse or jumping in too soon when a horn player should be soloing), so it is miraculous that what the audience saw as entertainment was really a train wreck rescue operation in the undertaking.

    Bucket List at Porcelain Records
    Photo: Bill Watson
    Without skipping a beat or faltering they motored through a veritable smorgasbord of popular blues-based material: Crossroads, One Bourbon One Scotch One Beer, My Own Way To Rock, Sweet Home Chicago, Steamroller Blues, What’d I Say, and Red Rooster. They even pulled out an arrangement of Spooky, made popular by the Atlanta Rhythm Section in the seventies.

  • May 25th Dinner and Showcase Event featuring Tripleplay and Bucket List

    Paul Lawrence playing guitar
    Paul Lawrence

    May 25 – Dinner and Showcase Concert featuring Tripleplay, Bucket List

    May 25, 2014 – Our monthly Open Jam will be starting at 4:00 pm. Break for hot buffet Dinner at 6:00 pm, and the Showcase Concert featuring Paul Lawrence and his band Tripleplay starting at 7:00 pm. Opening act is Hamilton’s Bucket List Band.

    • Jam begins at 4 pm. Admission to the Jam is by donation to the Hamilton Blues Society.
    • Dinner begins at 6pm with Showcase starting at 7pm. $15 per person includes hot dinner, three 50/50 tickets and event admission. $10 special price for students with student ID.
    • All ages, licensed event. Casual dress. Cash bar.
    • Come and join us for all or part of the event.  Knights of Columbus Hall, 222 Queenston Road. Lots of free parking.
    • To reserve a table or seats, email info@hamiltonbluessociety.ca.