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Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter Brent Parkin has been a mainstay of Winnipeg's Blues scene for over 25 years. He has performed extensively across western Canada, transfixing his audiences with a unique blend of technical virtuosity and "down home" feel that leave no doubt of his status as one of Canada's premier Bluesmen. The Manitoba Blues Society is pleased to offer this small glimpse of this outstanding Canadian musician. brent parkin

A Hamilton native, Brent moved to Winnipeg in the early 1970s. Here he hooked up with other budding Blues musicians, Gord Kidder (harp) and Barry Dunford (upright bass) to form Houndog, a seminal Winnipeg Blues unit. Later, drums (Ian Haslen) and piano (Harri Vallittu) were added. In 1978, Houndog released its only recording, "Every Dog Has His Day". Following the breakup of Houndog in the late 1970s, Parkin founded Brent Parkin and the Stingers. The Stingers have played extensively across western Canada and have continue to today to be a driving force on Canada's Blues landscape.

In the mid 1980's a cut from Parkin and the Stingers was included on a compilation CD, Saturday Night Blues which featuring the cream of Canada's Blues musicians. Brent shared in a Juno Award the CD was awarded.

Brent has opened for such Blues greats as B.B. King, James Cotton, Son Seals and Johnny Winter, and has backed up Otis Rush, Gatemouth Brown and Bo Didley.

Brent latest offering, Treasure by the Long River: A Musical Journey to Amber Beach (1997), was produced as a companion piece to a video, Treasure by the Long River, which documents a trip by adventurer Phil Manaigre to search for flooded over amber at Cedar Lake. The lake was flooded as a result of the Grand Rapids hydro project in the early 1960s, causing the relocation of the First Nation community of Chemawawin from its traditional location at the "Old Post" at Chemawawin to Easterville. Parkin wrote the original music for the video and the recording has been receiving great critical review

Brent was recently honoured with a nomination for a MapleBlues Award (1997) by the Toronto Blues Society in the "Blues With a Feeling Category".

The MBS is pleased to offer two all too brief musical examples of the talent that is Brent Parkin. Included on this page is two "down loadable" sound bits featuring Brent at his finest. However, if you want to experience the full range of Brent Parkin's talent we would urge you to pick up one of his recordings, and, if you are presented with the opportunity, see him live when he plays in your town. You won't be disappointed, be assured.