If there ever was a moment when you had a desire to learn where your place in Blues and Roots music may be, this just might be it. Hornby Island Blues is electrified to announce that the amazing Cécile Doo-Kingué will be instructing at our 2017 Workshop.
Presently nominated for three 2016 Maple Blues awards for New Artist, Female Vocalist and Acoustic Act of the Year, means recognition has finally caught up to one of Canada’s most intoxicating guitarists, and intelligent song-writers. Born and raised in New York City, first generation from Cameroon, she has lived in the USA, France, and is now an adopted Montrealer. Cécile started playing guitar when she was twelve under her brother’s influence and 2 cassettes: Freddie King and T-Bone Walker. From there she explored more of the blues, jazz, soul, and rock of the world greats. When she was fifteen, she studied in Paris where her desire to be a professional musician was forged. Doo-Kingué has an impressive multi-instrumental skillset as a bass player, drummer and guitarist. She has shared a stage and/or recorded with Montreal Jubilation Choir, Blind Boys of Alabama, James Blood Ulmer, Paul Deslauriers, Bernard Purdie, Jim Byrnes, and Michael Jerome Brown, and has opened for many icons including Angélique Kidjo, Canned Heat, John Prine, Youssou N’Dour, Eric Andersen, and Manu Dibango. Cécile has everything we look for in a Workshop instructor: she has a passionate and unique voice, killer guitar chops, an impeccable musical history, a genuine social conscience, and enlightened song writing skills. Most importantly, her instincts are to share what she knows and lend a hand to those who want to grow in their music.
As for her teaching style, Cécile tells us she believes in sustainability. The idea isn’t to tell students what to express but rather show them the key to unlocking their own creativity and guide them through acquiring the necessary tools to express themselves uninhibited. Whatever you are looking for as a student coming to the 2017 Hornby Blues Workshop, Cécile Doo-Kingué will help you find your voice, and provide the skill counsel and confidence you need to build your musicianship. It’s a sure thing.