The Trevor Finlay Band
If “accomplishment and acclaim are the ingredients to fame,” then Trevor Finlay is surely on the fast track to musical stardom. Finlay is a prodigious talent – singer, songwriter, guitarist, band leader – who fronts one of Canada's most renowned electric blues ensembles, The Trevor Finlay Band. Over a ten-year span Finlay has accomplished what it takes many recording artists several decades or more to complete, if they ever reach the heights this still-young musician has thus far realized. These include a four-CD body of work (1998 debut MORNING MAN; BUMPY ROADS (2001); the all-acoustic HOME TONIGHT (2003); and Finlay's latest, SHOW ME WHAT U GOT (2005); a slew of individual awards, including “Best Canadian Blues/Rock Artist,” “Best Canadian Blues Band/Central,” “Best Unsigned Blues Act,” and “Top Canadian Blues Guitarist (3rd)”, all from REAL BLUES MAGAZINE's 11th Annual Awards in 2004; nominations for “Male Vocalist Of The Year” (2002) and “New Artist Of The Year” (1999) by the Toronto Blues Society; and winner of the “First Annual Guitar Riff-Off” in Finlay's hometown of Ottawa, Canada, in 1995.
Recent media acclaim has come from all corners of the globe and includes such respected publications as BILLBOARD/U.S. (“A new wave of young talent from every corner of the country is moving onto Canada's blues stage…(including) the Trevor Finlay Band…”);
Radio-wise, SHOW ME WHAT U GOT was requested by more than 150 disc jockeys worldwide in a two-week period through Radio DirectX (RDX) Music Promotion. RDX reported in early September that SHOW ME WHAT U GOT was their second most requested CD ever and requests continue to be received. The stations represent over 25 countries and 20 states and feedback has been extremely positive: 96.3fm, CENTRAL COAST, AUSTRALIA (“The CD covers quite a few styles (Blues) very successfully in a modern way … from the Delta to a Texas shuffle & a few surprises in between, great stuff!!”); RADIO MUNOT, SWITZERLAND (“Great music!”); TECKA'S TRACKS, HOTFM 106.7FM/AUSTRALIA (“This is a great cd, and one that I think will go a long way to getting Trevor noticed by everyone that listens to it… Some great "Loper" R/Blues tracks … gutsy to the core. Top "Rock" beds and a nice little "acoustic track that does it for me”); KABLE 104.1–ETHER 105.1 – NETHERLANDS ("It fits very well in our program…..very refreshing blues.”). Trevor is also a popular radio interviewee and, among the many radio interviews he does is an open invitation to two radio morning shows in his hometown, which he has accepted on numerous occasions. Television credits include Toronto's CITY TV'S BREAKFAST; A-CHANNEL'S BIG BREAKFAST in Edmonton and Calgary; and numerous shows in Ottawa.
Performance-wise the Trevor Finlay Band has appeared at, among others, the Toronto Blues Festival; Ottawa, Canada's Cisco Systems Bluesfest (the latter, every year since 1996); Edmonton's International Blues Festival; and the Victoriaville Blues Festival. The Trevor Finlay Band has graced the stages of (and left its signature kick-butt live show at) clubs in Toronto, Montreal, Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, and Vancouver. Kid Rock; James Brown; Booker T. and the MG's; and guitar greats Johnny Winter and Buddy Guy are but a few of the big-name acts this rising star has shared stages with. Finlay has appeared on numerous recordings as a session musician as well as voice-over work for a high-tech instructional video.
Finlay has also found a way to “give something back,” so to speak; he is continuously involved in both local and national charities (i.e. performing at yearly telethons benefiting Cancer, Heart, and Stroke societies). He continues to teach guitar to young upstarts, something he has done with a great deal of passion for over a dozen years. He has also shared his talent and personality with numerous school students through the internationally acclaimed Blues in Schools program for over five years.
Accomplishment and acclaim -- Trevor Finlay is the name
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