Hornby Island Blues Workshop

Paul Deslauriers - Guitar

2015 Maple Blues nominee for Guitar Player of the Year


When Eric Clapton described Jeff Beck's style as "pulling" sounds out of his guitar, I would be curious as to how he would describe the sounds that Paul Deslauriers gets out of his.

A virtuoso on both electric and acoustic guitars, Paul Deslauriers continues to have a diverse and accomplished career. Picture this: Paul playing his violin at 8 years old. I can only imagine him as kind of kid Stephane Grappelli. Anyway, he found the guitar by 10 and the rest is almost history. One tends to forget sometimes as Deslauriers resurrects the soaring and shredding music of his youth that he studied music a McGill. And, when we heard him crooning those feel-good songs with Dawn T. Watson on Hornby’s stage a few years back, to remember that he was the founding daddy of the heavy Blues Rock band Black Cat Bone.

Paul Deslauriers has great range, and he says, "Music is about learning and respect. I come from an improvisational background and so you learn to be ready at all times to adapt to the other artists on stage." Maybe that's why when we gather the bands for our Workshop stages that he leaves so much room for others, when he has the talent to steal the show. I am sure all our students will join us in saying "Welcome back, Paul".

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2017 Instructors