940 Bonisteel Rd
Trenton, ON K8V 5P8
Bluesman Al Lerman is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He was founder and leader of the 2X Juno Award winning band FATHEAD, and along the way built a solid career touring as an acoustic solo act, accompanying himself on guitar and rack harmonica. An engaging and skilled artist with a dry wit to boot, he is regarded among the top harmonica players in the country.
We’re happy to have Al return to the Old Church, this time we’ll be outside in the fresh air practicing social distancing, serving wood fired pizza and having a good time. Bring your mask (or we can provide one) and be sure to let us know how many will sit at your table.
REGISTRATION is required, but you can donate ($20 suggested) at the gate. We’re open at 5pm. Music at 6pm.
More about Al Lerman:
His prowess on the instrument has earned him ten Maple Blues Award nominations. He has been heard on countless recordings and live sessions with some of the best in the blues. In 2016 his standout “Slow Burn” disc made the esteemed world-wide list of Top 100 Blues Albums Of The Year. That same year he also garnered a Maple Blues Award nomination for “Acoustic Act Of The Year”. In 2017 he received a Recognition Award for “Leadership In Arts & Culture” from the County of Peterborough. His newest album “Northern Bayou” was released on April 12, 2019.
Side projects include the MAPLE BLUES BAND, the house band for the annual Maple Blues Awards show. They have backed guest performers such as Colin James, Shakura S’Aida, Paul Reddick, Duke Robillard and many more. GENIUS + SOUL, led by pianist Lance Anderson, celebrates the music of Ray Charles. Ray’s soulful repertoire gives Al’s big, Texas-style tenor sax a chance to shine. Throughout the years, Al has been active in sharing his adept harmonica skills, conducting workshops in schools, music camps and festivals.
The blues bug bit at a young age when Al was taken to hear the famed duo of SONNY TERRY & BROWNIE McGHEE at Toronto’s Riverboat coffeehouse. His interest in the music immediately sky-rocketed, and over the years he saw the duo no less than forty times. He discovered many blues greats that were regularly touring through the city. Moving into his twenties while playing in local Toronto blues bands, Al sought out many of his musical heroes, seeking both advice and inspiration. He considers himself fortunate to have sat in with blues giants such as MUDDY WATERS, WILLIE DIXON, KOKO TAYLOR, SUNNYLAND SLIM and many more. A long friendship ensued with Chicago harmonica player CAREY BELL who mentored him on the instrument. Hearing him now, there’s no doubt he has learned his lessons well.