Tri-Continental, featuring Bill Bourne, Lester Quitzau and Madagascar Slim, present a truly unique and critically acclaimed sound that is a great success in terms of soulfulness and presence, intensity and atmosphere. (Submitted)

Tri-Continental brings sweet vocal harmonies, imaginative guitar playing to Bozzini’s in Chilliwack

A collaborative evolution that fuses the talents of three guitar players, singers and songwriters

Canadian roots and blues legends Tri-Continental will be in Chilliwack for two shows at Bozzini’s this week.

You would normally find these three artists on main stages of major folk music festivals, or playing to large audiences in theaters across the country but for one night only you can up see them up close and intimate as they play an early and late show on Thursday, Oct. 10 at Bozzini’s Upstairs Lounge.

Tri-Continental is a collaborative evolution that fuses the talents of three guitar players, singers and songwriters. There are no musical boundaries present in this one-of-a-kind blues/folk/world music mélange.

Formed in 1999, Tri-Continental builds on artistic respect and a deep passion for and knowledge of the blues. Bill Bourne, Lester Quitzau and Madagascar Slim present a truly unique and critically acclaimed sound that is a great success in terms of soulfulness and presence, intensity and atmosphere.

Bourne, Quitzau and Slim are in their own rights well-recognized and respected artists with successful solo careers. They are indeed major players in the Canadian roots music scene who have individually and collectively received four Juno awards and 10 nominations.

In 2019 they received nominations for International Folk Music Award for Album of the Year with “Dust Dance” and Western Canadian Music Awards for Roots Group fo the Year. Together as Tri-Continental, something very special and magical happens with the grand improvisor, the kidnapper of the blues, and the inventor and promoter of the new universal sound.

Tri-Continental is an engagement between artists and friends built on artistic respect and a deep passion for, and knowledge of the blues. This is clearly evident in the music they create, where the sharing and curiosity has led them on a fascinating musical exploration resulting in a beautiful, infectious sound where blues, world, Celtic, folk, flamenco and African rhythms fuse into one.

Accentuated by their sweet vocal harmonies and imaginative guitar playing, Tri-Continental’s global blues and roots music is a testament to faith, dreams, talent and, most of all, friendship.

Tri-Continental is at Bozzini’s on Thursday, Oct. 10 for two shows. Early show at 6 p.m. (doors at 5 p.m.). Late show at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.).

Tickets $25 and available at Bozzini’s or call 604-792-0744 to reserve by phone.

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