PICTOU – Doc MacLean, an international blues performer, will be at the deCoste Centre in Pictou today, September 26, at 8 p.m.
Son of a civil rights lawyer and a fiddle player, MacLean was exposed to country blues and folklore at an early age. By his early teens he was performing in coffeehouses and festivals, and was appearing on radio and television variety shows.
Performing on bottleneck and standard guitar, MacLean now appears solo and with upright bass and percussion. While his lyrics are mainly contemporary, his approach as a guitarist-songster reflects not only his exposure to southern string bands and jug bands, but also to Delta players and storytellers.
MacLean came of age playing with some of the Delta’s most celebrated songsters.
Now, marking over 35 years on the blues highway, his work as a songwriter reflects his family roots in the labour movement, his time spent living and performing in the rural southern United States, and his personal connections to the oral and musical history of the Delta.
Tickets are on sale now and will be available at the door. Call the box office at 485-8848 for further information.