QUEBEC'S AWARD-WINNING HARMONICA PLAYER/COMPOSER GUY BELANGER RELEASES VOYAGES & OTHER STORIES
Bélanger's Seventh Solo Album is Out June 9th
Quebec’s popular harmonica player/songwriter Guy Bélanger presents VOYAGES & OTHER STORIES, his seventh solo album, which is out June 9th, 2023. The album contains elements of blues as well as subtle touches of funk and folk, complemented by majestic and cinematic instrumental compositions.
A professional musician for nearly 50 years, Bélanger is a multiple Maple Blues Award winner for Harmonica Player of the Year, and the 2017 Instrumental Album of the Year at ADISQ, and has toured with artists such as Bob Walsh, acoustic folk-blues master Doug McLeod, Céline Dion and others.
VOYAGES & OTHER STORIES continues the momentum of Bélanger’s previous albums with this skillful assembled collection of original tracks along with a few judiciously chosen covers, including “I Can't Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt and the brilliant “Do I Move You” by Nina Simone, a piece recorded in collaboration with singer Sylvie Desgroseilliers.
“This seventh release is a journey through the music that I love, and that inspires me”, says Bélanger. “My harmonica will always be my best passport, the common thread.”
The new album features a strong ensemble of supporting musicians including Rob MacDonald (guitar), Marc-André Drouin (bass), Alec McElcheran (bass and vocals), Michel Dufour (drums), Bruce Cameron (keyboards) and Claude Fradette (guitars) not to mention an exceptional collaboration with the great Nanette Workman.
VOYAGES & OTHER STORIES reflects on the search for lost riches and precious moments. It invites you to take a journey into the unique and magnificent universe of Guy Bélanger.