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“Bourne flows with this almost indescribable soul infused with a lonesome strain of blues… This man was put on this earth to play music.” – Jon Colcord – Crossroads Magazine
Bill was raised in a musical family in rural Alberta. When he was 2 years old, he was known to sleep behind the piano at country dances. His parents played dance music in community halls in beautiful farming country. The love of nature and of music and of people gathering for celebration has been with him for his whole life.
Bill loves to collaborate with friends (musicians). His most recent collaboration is with his own band, The Free Radio Band, which includes his son Pat, Pa Joe, Moses Gregg and Miguel Ferrer. They have released a new recording in 2011 called Bluesland. In 2009 Bill recorded with Jasmine Ohlhauser and Wyckham Porteous in the band ‘bop ensemble’. Previous to bop ensemble, Bill collaborated with Eivør Pálsdóttir from the Faroe Islands. He produced and performed on Eivør’s third solo CD, ‘eivør’. The recording won double at the Danish Music Awards Folk in 2006. Other collaborations: with Alan MacLeod, Shannon Johnson, Hans Staymer and Andreas Schuld, and Lester Quitzau & Madagascar Slim (Tri-Continental), as well as his solo projects, have all attained award status in Canada.
A multiple Canadian Juno Award winner, Bill has received international acclaim for his recordings and live performances. A veteran of the international blues and roots scene, life on the road is reflected in Bill’s music – powerful rhythms and soulful songs, steeped in World Beat, Blues, Cajun, Celtic, Folk, Latin, Funk, Poetry and more…
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