02. February 2018 - 20:00 till 23:00

A Tribute To Willie P Bennett | String Bone Presents | Friday, 02. February 2018

Willie P Bennett Tribute

David Essig
Jenny Whiteley
Rick Taylor
Barry James Payne
Allison Brown
The Blurry Pickers
Deni Gauthier

Born in Toronto, Bennett was part of the 1970s folk music scene in Canada, alongside such figures as Bruce Cockburn, Stan Rogers and David Wiffen. He released his first single ("White Line") in 1969 and his final solo album (the Juno Award–winning Heartstrings) in 1998, which subsequently won a 1999 Juno Award for Best Roots and Traditional Album – Solo.

Bennett joined Fred Eaglesmith's band and toured the world as Easglesmith's sideman on mandolin, harmonica and background vocals. In 2007, Bennett suffered a heart attack on stage, finished the show, but had to leaving touring for several months. As he was preparing to head back on the road for solo tour around Ontario, Bennett suffered a fatal heart attack on Feb. 15th, 2008.

While commonly regarded as a major talent, Bennett did not become as famous as his contemporaries until 1996, when Stephen Fearing, Colin Linden and Tom Wilson formed Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, a supergroup named for Bennett's 1978 album, and recorded a tribute album featuring Bennett's songs. On 10 September 2010 in Edmonton, Alberta, Bennett was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame during the Canadian Country Music Awards.

String Bone Presents (Barry James Payne), brings together a talent list that will guarantee a fantastic evening in celebration of the legendary late singer-songwriter with Willie's guitar player, Londoner and blues man extraordinaire, Rick Taylor, Bennett's first record producer, guitar virtuoso David Essig from BC, Juno Award winning singer-songwriter Jenny Whiteley, Spotify success story AHI, the talented Allison Brown, Stratford's The Blurry Pickers, Deni Gauthier and Payne himself.

This show marks ten years since Willie's passing. After Payne invited Taylor to take part in this concert, the two conspired to take the show around Ontario - London, Guelph, Hamilton, Toronto and elsewhere with a changing line-up in each city.

"It's been said that Willie probably wouldn't want any of this fanfare, but his legacy is too important to ignore. He was one of the most respected songwriters to ever come out of Canada. A songwriter's songwriter. One of the all time best. We can't let his memory fade." ~ Rick Taylor