Tri-Continental records live shows in Chilliwack

Canadian Juno Award recipients and blues and world musicians Tri-Continental will be performing two shows in Chilliwack at Tractorgrease

Tri-Continental will be recording two live shows in Chilliwack Sept. 18 and 19 at Tractorgrease.

Tri-Continental will be recording two live shows in Chilliwack Sept. 18 and 19 at Tractorgrease.

Canadian Juno Award recipients and blues and world musicians Tri-Continental return to B.C. to perform, including two shows in Chilliwack.

On Sept. 18 and 19, Tri-Continental performs at Tractorgrease Cafe.

Be part of a live recording session as both shows will be recorded for a new album by the trio expected to be released in 2017.

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

Bill Bourne, Lester Quitzau and Madagascar Slim present a truly unique and critically acclaimed sound that is soulful and present, intense and atmospheric.

Bourne is a grand improvisor, Quitzau kidnaps the blues and takes it to new dimensions and Slim’s fascination with tradition and evolution keeps him on the leading edge as promoter of a new sound – the Malagasy blues.

The trio was the vision of Hugo Rampen, former artistic director of the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival, when he first heard Bourne and Slim at a guitar fest in Toronto. Rampen knew they had something special and suggested a third guitar slinger could add another unique dimension to the music. Enter the smooth, soulful blues and jazz improvisations from Lester Quitzau, and the Tri-Continental journey began.

The trio debuted at the 1999 Salmon Arm Festival when it was held during the beginning of autumn at Okanagan College. That show is remembered by many and still talked about as one of the most remarkable performances some had ever seen. They went on to receive a Juno award in 2000 for their debut album, completed three successful European tours and recorded three albums on the Tradition and Moderne label in Bremen Germany between 2001 and 2004. Since their last Canadian tour in 2007 each artist has continued to remain active in the music scene.

The shows take place this Sunday and Monday (Sept. 18 and 19) at Tractorgrease Cafe (48710 Chilliwack Lake Rd.) at 7 p.m. each night. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets $30 and available by calling 604-858-3814 or by email to tractorgrease@gmail.com.

More sounds at Tractorgrease

Leading up to Tri-Continental will be a variety of other shows throughout the week:

Thursday, Sept. 15 is Celtic Night with Damian Brennan and Jennie Bice at 7 p.m. Tickets $12.

Friday, Sept. 16 is open mic and acoustic jam night at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 17 Kevin Gau, Dominique Fricot and Skye Wallace perform at 7 p.m. Tickets $12.

For more, check out the Tractorgrease Facebook event page, or phone 604-858-3814 for tickets, or email tractorgrease@gmail.com.