Blues night at Glasgow Square: Arthur Price Coleman to open for Thom Swift

Amy MacKenzie
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NEW GLASGOW – Local blues musician Arthur Price Coleman has been playing music since the 1980s and recently decided to record his first album, “The Colour of Blue.”

While he’s interested in many different genres of music, Coleman found himself most attracted to the style of blues.

“I went to a few blues festivals and there were a few different artists that really struck me. One of them was Joe Bonamassa and Bryan Lee from New Orleans. Something about the power of the music was so captivating,” he said. “Jazz is captivating in its own way but blues is real, earthy and hits your soul and I was just hooked from that time on.”

Coleman will be opening for Maple Blues Award winner Thom Swift at the Music Shapes New Glasgow concert Friday at Glasgow Square.

Coleman said he’s honoured to share a stage with Swift.

“I’m thrilled, really. He’s a real bluesman, I would call him, and I’m trying to get to that stage one day,” he said. “I definitely would aspire to be a version of Thom Swift because I just love his style. He’s really delved into the heart of the delta blues style. I couldn’t be happier than to be opening for him.

Coleman starting working on “The Colour of Blue” last winter and over the course of a year laid down eight original songs in studios in Halifax and New Glasgow. The album was released this February.

“I call it a roots and folk blues style with a little rock blues in there. They’re not really personal songs about life experiences, just ideas I had for a song or a story,” he said. “Two of the songs I co-wrote with Harold MacNeil, he’s a great lyricist from the New Glasgow area and a drummer as well.”

Coleman said he’s looking forward to his first performance in the Music Shapes New Glasgow Concert series, which brings high-calibre musicians such as Amelia Curran to the area every Friday in April. Coleman had his Glasgow Square debut last month when he opened for The 24th Street Wailers and is looking forward to returning to the stage Friday.

“There’s jazz and blues, and the first two gals were folk style so there’s something for everyone there for sure,” he said of the concert series.

Tickets for the Arthur Price Coleman and Thom Swift concert Friday at Glasgow Square are available at glasgowsquare.com, celticcircle.ca, or any Ticket Pro outlet.

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