A portrait of the blues

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BIBLE HILL – The history of Canadian blues will be on display at the Dutch Mason Blues Festival this weekend with the release of a book.

Cape Breton native and photographer Randy MacNeil and his co-author Francine Aubrey, a singer-songwriter from Ottawa, will be at the blues festival to sign copies of their book, A Portrait of Blues in Canada.

Many of the artists featured in the book will also be on hand for the signing.

The book is the first publication containing photographs from MacNeil's body of work, which also includes many international acts as well. Some of the photographs in the book were taken during previous Dutch Mason Blues festivals.

The 260-page, hard cover coffee table book captures the history of the Canadian blues story through the testimony of some of the Canadian blues music heroes, laymen and women who drive this blues culture and support it.

All the photographs have been shot with black and white film, over the course of MacNeil’s 30-year career documenting the music scene in Canada.

Featured in the book and appearing at the Dutch Mason Blues Festival are the Blues Brothers, Tom Lavin and the Powder Blues Band, Matt Minglewood, Garrett Mason, Joe Murphy, Bill Durst, Steve Strongman, Steve Hill, Theresa Malenfant and members of the Dutch Mason Blues Band.

The book can be ordered online at http://randymacneil.com/e/bluesbook_e.shtml, or get it straight from MacNeil and Aubrey at the festival.

Geographic location: Canada, Cape Breton, Ottawa

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