May 17, 2013


ROBIN BANK$ and her great band from Toronto closed out the last BLUES ON THE RIDEAU Show of the 2012/13 Season at THE COVE INN in Westport last Friday - and she did so with a bang! A 3X Maple Blues Award nominee for Best Female Vocalist Of The Year and winner of the Best New Artist Award back in 1997 Robin is truly one of Canada's best Blues singers.

To quote the great Duke Robillard, who produced her soon to be released new album "Robin's got soul, class and most of all good taste!" Her veteran backline of Teddy Leonard on guitar (Fathead) and Mike Fitzpatrick on drums with Gary Kendall on bass (Downchild) provided great instrumental support for her powerful, soulful vocals. The crowd loved the show including her patented walkabout through the audience without microphone while singing one of her songs. With her pipes she doesn't need one

Robin belting it out.

Comment Cards that were filled in over the season.
The big end of season PRIZE DRAW was held with winners picked out of all the 1st Prize
- 2 night Getaway at The Cove (bed and breakfast)
Chris Mitchell, Kingston - attended Terry Gillespie Show last October 26 (the first show of the season)
2nd Prize - Dinner & Show for 2 at either Acoustic Blue Monday Series starting in June or next year's BOTR Series starting in October Graeme Dochlo, Toronto - attended Fathead Show in November

Here's what some of the attendees had to say about their evening:
"First time hearing Robin Banks. What a performer! We've been here 12+ times for Shows and we'll definitely be back for more. 10 out of 10 for everything. Fabulous" Joan Mumford, Kingston

"Excellent time. Can't remember the last time I danced so much!" Helen Pethick, Ottawa (been to one BOTR show previously)
"Great show! We had a very comfortable room as well overlooking the lake. Heard loons this afternoon! What a beautiful place. 10 out of 10 for everything. Wish we had something like this near us!" Brian & Madi Gronberg, Calgary (first timers).

As with all BOTR Shows at The Cove it was a fundraiser with $450 being raised for the Rideau District Museum. That puts the total raised this season for local Westport charities/good causes from BOTR Shows at $4,686.

Teddy Leonard stepping into it.

Robin on her singing walkabout through the audience - sans microphone!

Mike Fitzpatrick like a leprechaun on the drums

Robin and Teddy getting it on (musically :-) on stage

The Cove dance floor packed as usual.

Mary Cowan, The Cove and James Doran, Choose The Blues Productions presenting cheque for $450 to Candy Stothart for the Rideau District Museum

The lilacs were out at The Cove that weekend.

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