Saturday Nov 10 Doors Open at 7pm
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A virtuoso on both electric and acoustic guitars, Cornwall native Paul Deslauriers has had a diverse and accomplished career. He studied classical violin at an early age before turning to the guitar when he was 10. An early and continuing inspiration was Rod Robillard, a fixture on the Cornwall music scene.
"Rod was THE guitar guy in town and a mentor to most of us," says Mr. Deslauriers. "He sat in with the band when we played Cornwall a few months ago. It was a great moment."
Mr. Deslauriers graduated La Citadaelle high school and then left Cornwall at the age of 18 to study music at McGill University. He soon gained acclaim in the 1990s as a founding member of Black Cat Bone, deemed by many critics at the time to be “one of Canada’s hottest blues-rock bands.” He has been called upon to share his guitar and vocal talents on tour with the likes of The Respectables, Amanda Marshall, France D’amour, Garou and Nicola Ciccone, to name only a few.
"Music is about learning and respect," says Mr. Deslauriers. "I come from an improvisational background and so you learn to be ready at all times to adapt to the other artists on stage."
For the last several years he has teamed with singer/songwriter Dawn Tyler Watson, one of Canada's most accomoplished blues musicians. Their first album, En Duo (2007), was released to rave reviews. From Moscow and the Big Easy to the North Pole, they have enjoyed sold-out live performances and have also opened for artists such as Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks and Bruce Cockburn. Their sophomore album Southland (2013) saw them revisiting their own brand of feel-good, back porch style music with a few new twists.