Hornby Island Blues Workshop

David Vest - Piano and Keyboard


Since arriving in Canada, Alabama native David Vest has become a fixture on the Canadian blues scene, repeatedly winning the Maple Blues Award for piano player of the year. He’s almost as famous for his storytelling and songwriting. His songs have been covered by artists ranging from Tammy Wynette to the Legendary Downchild Blues Band, who made Vest’s "Worried About the World" the number one blues song in the world, according to Roots Music Report. 

Since David began his professional career in 1957, it was a long climb to number one! Along the way, he met and played with many of the greats, including Big Joe Turner, Floyd Dixon, Carey Bell, Pinetop Perkins, Marcia Ball, Katie Webster and many more. Among the highlights of his career was appearing onstage with the Soul Stirrers, the fabled gospel group where Sam Cooke got his start.

A familiar face at Hornby, David absolutely loves the fact that so many piano players have attended blues camp, and he strongly believes that any piano player will be a better all-round musician for having studied the blues.

Major Class

Blues Piano

2018 Instructors