Big Dave McLean excited to bring the blues back to Lethbridge for Lethbridge Folk Club


Winnipeg bluesman Big Dave McLean is champing at the bit  to get back on the road, so he is excited to play a Lethbridge for a one off show for the Lethbridge Folk Club, July 11 at  Pavan park with Keith  “Catfish” Woodrow.

“ I have a buddy out there I want to hang out with  for a couple of days,” rumbled McLean from his Winnipeg home.


 McLean is an Order of Canada winner, who has been a cornerstone of the Winnipeg musician for many years. He h

Big Dave McLean plays Lethbridge, July 11. photo by Richard Amery

as influenced a plethora of  prairie musicians including the Perpetrators, Colin James and Wide mouth Mason to name a few.


As expected Covid put on his life as a touring musician on standby.


“Things are opening up slowly Winnipeg. I just hope things aren’t opening too fast because when they loosen restrictions, the number go up,” he observed.


“ But me and my wife are double vaxxed and ready to go. There hasn’t been anywhere to go other than to the store. So I’ve been spending a lot of time at home playing lots of guitar and working on my singing and voice,” he said.

 He had just released a CD with Calgary blues mainstay Tim Williams and his drummer Kevin Belzner and had a tour booked, but had to cancel it due to Covid.


 Tim plays with a lot of people and Kevin, the drummer also plays with a lot of people. I’d like to book another tour, but we’ll have to play it by ear,” he said.


He will be playing alone.

“ I’m usually playing with a band, so I feel like Muddy Waters when he moved from the Delta to Chicago,” he said.


“ I’ve always loved the delta blues, but when you plug it in there’s twice as much to love,” he continued.

“ It‘s just nice to be going some place to play again. And I look forward to meeting “Keith ‘Catfish’ Woodrow. Maybe we’ll play together,” he said adding he has a lot of music  to choose from.


“ I put a lot of working on the set so it flows. I’m playing two 45 minute sets. I have a  couple old songs and some new songs to play,” he promised.

 The show begins at 1 p.m.

Tickets are $40 non-members, $35  for members and $10 for seniors.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 July 2021 15:55 )