BluesReel is Patrick Hutchinson (guitar and voice) and John Kerkhoven (harmonica and voice), two artists whose shared vision is to create new music in the spirit of the roots traditions they love. Inspired by the folk tradition from both sides of the Atlantic, they take you on a musical journey of tunes, blues and original compositions, played with unabashed enthusiasm.
A BluesReel show is a captivating synergy of musical styles. Patrick brings the Celtic influence to the mix, John his love of blues. But Patrick plays slide guitar over a baroque air as comfortably as picking a lively hornpipe or accompanying a country waltz. And John is just as much at ease playing a brisk reel or a snappy ragtime number as he is laying down a gritty blues. Invariably, their audiences are delighted. “After seeing you play, I feel like a million dollars,” one new fan remarked.
For five years they have held down a monthly residency at L’Escalier, a hotbed of live music and a favourite venue for up and coming bands in Montreal. Since they released their first CD, Riverfield (2016), they have taken their show on the road in Quebec and Ontario, including festival stops, and will be on a Home Routes house concert tour in Manitoba in February 2019. They are currently developing material for their next release.