So were you one of those kids who, while your friends were out dressing up Barbie and Ken or pushing Tonka toys around the dirt pile, were thumping your grandmother’s wooden spoons on a garbage can lid? Did you hold out at Christmas for the Noble & Cooley “Diamond Rock” tin drum set because you knew you were going to be a drummer? If so, you and Sam Harrisson have a lot in common. Performing his first gig at the age of 9 with his legendary uncle Bob, Sam has always been a drummer. But when a young Steve Hill joined the Bob Harrisson Blues Session band and introduced Sam to the blues giants Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Buddy Guy, Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf, B.B. King, Freddy King amongst others, Sam fell in love with the vibe and rawness of blues music. Lucky for us that he did.
Hornby Island Blues is really fortunate to be able to land Sam for our 2017 Blues Workshop. We do not need to be reminded that his talent, versatility and work ethic have made him the first call for many producers, artists and musicians over the years, having worked with Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King, Steve Hill, Steve Mariner, Steve Strongman, Shakura S'Aida and Hubert Sumelin (Howlin’ Wolf) as well as legendary producers like Mark Plati, and Glen Robinson. Of course, Sam’s main work unit is the Paul Deslauriers Band whose recent International Blues Challenge appearance in Memphis landed them on the podium. Sam Harrisson’s experience and talent have made him a three-time Maple Blues Award Drummer of the Year nominee as well as the recipient of eight Quebec Lys Blues Awards. He has much to offer as the audiences from the Festival de Jazz de Nice (France) to the South by Southwest (Austin, TX) have discovered. This year, Sam’s talent is once again being recognized by his 2016 Male Blues Awards with the nomination for Blues Drummer of the Year.
Hornby Blues is really looking forward to what Sam’s drumming acumen will bring to our Workshop. So get this … in addition to being an incredible musician, Sam also excels at teaching having been the drum teacher at the Montreal International Jazz Festival’s annual TD Blues Camp for the past eight years, and a private drum instructor for 20. So whether you are just recently acquainted with ride/clash symbols or are a seasoned pub drummer with a pro-level kit, Sam will take you somewhere – somewhere very good.
Do not miss this opportunity to become a better drummer and to have a blast while doing so; it is what you born to do — right?