Hornby Island Blues Workshop

Julian Fauth

Julian Fauth is a soulful singer, songwriter and barrelhouse piano player working in the tradition of pre-war acoustic blues. Julian’s taste for the blues was influenced early in life by radio programs that he heard around the house as a young child. Bumble Bee Slim, Leroy Carr, and Big Maceo attracted his attention. When Julian was around seven or eight years old he started fooling around on the piano pretending to be Memphis Slim, pounding the keys and hollering songs he could barely understand. Today Memphis Slim is still one of Julian’s favourite blues pianists, although he also loves artists like Roosevelt Sykes, Leroy Carr, and Sunnyland Slim. After moving to Toronto in 1996, Julian began jamming in the Kensington Market bars, which then led to a busy career on the Toronto blues scene. His playing features rustic and energetic honky-tonk piano work. He’s a two-fisted barrelhouse piano player who swings as well as he boogies. He’s a good guitar player too. He won a JUNO in 2009 for Blues Album of the Year. Julian is now nominated for two 2009 Maple Blues Awards, Acoustic Act of the Year and Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year. The talented player and composer has toured throughout Russia, Cuba, Germany, the USA and Canada.

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