August 3–12, 2018

Murray Porter

August 3 (Friday)
7:30pm - 8:45pm

Murray’s music has an instantly recognizable sound. The Mohawk piano player from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory brings his culture and history to the masses through his music. With a mix of blues, country and humour, Porter’s gravelly, soulful voice sings not only of the history and contemporary stories of the Indigenous Peoples of North America, but also universal themes of love and being lost and found. He has spent over 35 years travelling the world and playing his self-taught unique style of foot-stomping, hand-clapping blues on the piano.  
 
In 2012, Murray won the Aboriginal Album of the Year Award for Songs Lived & Life Played at the JUNO Awards. Currently, he is in the studio recording his next original album, Stand Up!, to be released in the spring of 2018, which Murray strongly feels is his best music to date. Murray's love of performing comes across clear and strong. He has been compared to Dr. John, Joe Cocker and even Elton John! Robbie Robertson has called Porter “a master bluesman.”  His band performed at the Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival, The Drum is Calling Festival, Assembly of First Nations and Rez Bluez shows over the last 8 years.

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