March 17, 2012



" St. Paddy's Day" BLUES ON THE RIDEAU AT THE COVE INN. This fabulous band of brothers from Toronto - Brooke on guitar & vocals, Duane on keyboards & vocals, Corey on drums and best friend Howard Ayee on bass. They have a dynamite unique sound: a mixture of blues, soul, funk and R&B that has earned them the nickname of "Canada's answer to the Neville Brothers". Winners of the Maple Blues Award for Best New Band in 2010.


BLACKBURN - Brooke , Duane and Howard.
(Corey on drums hidden)


Quotes from Comment Cards:

"Blackburn was great. Our third visit to Blues On The Rideau at The Cove. Can't wait to do it again!" Peter Carpenter, Carleton Place - There were 10 in their party.

"Love coming to The Cove. Fantastic staff who always go out of their way to help. Band was fabulous. Food great. We'll be back!" Pam Kline, Stittsville

"For a small rural town The Cove offers first class entertainment, cuisine and customer service. 10 out of 10 for everything. I love it here!" Maureen Gardiner, Westport - a regular attendee at BOTR shows.

Duane on the keys

The crowd groovin' to the band

Brooke on the strings

Terry Gillespie joined BLACKBURN for a couple

Female leprechauns

So did the Cowan twins - Jeff on drums, Seamus on bass

Mary Cowan, The Cove and James Doran, Choose The Blues Productions presenting a cheque to Megan Bomberry from Easter Seals Ontario.
Habitat For Humanity also received a cheque that night for a total of $620 raised from this Show.

Terry Gillespie joined BLACKBURN on stage for a couple of songs which was an added treat.

George & Chris Reynolds well known Westport residents with, Kathy Gillespie and Terry Gillespie - an excellent guitarist/singer/songwriter from Vankleek Hill who was there celebrating his 65th birthday. And of course the lovely Maureen Price, Bar Manager at The Cove.

Terry Cowan looking puckish serving up The Cove's famous roast beef buffet to some of the happy St. Patrick's Day attendees.

Having fun?

LACKBURN after the Show - Brooke, Cory, Howard and Duane. The sweat on their clothes proves how hard they worked!

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