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Canadiana, Blues & Roots and good old R&B
with a dash of Rock & Roll

Blues Guitarist Neil Hardwire Speers
Photo courtesy of RoyAndBetty.tv

I was that 15 year old kid who spent hours a day with a borrowed mandolin, teaching myself from a book how to read music and play the instrument. I had to return that mandolin, but not before my parents noticed how much I put into learning it and how far I’d come in a few weeks. For my 16th birthday, they gave me my first guitar. I soon started a band and joined another one, and have never stopped my love affair with the guitar and performing.

The songs I write, and that I perform by others, typically revolve around either themes of loss and redemption – or have what I hope is wry wit and clever wordplay. Yes, sometimes I take a slanted view of society.

The way I tell the stories that run through my songs has been influenced by my “past life” as a reporter and editor on newspapers. It was learning people’s stories and writing about them, bring out their humanity that was the best part of that career.

Most of my guitar playing revolves around the blues side of old school R&B along with a healthy dose of blues rock, but I also have a love for a good story in a song as well as contemporary instrumental acoustic guitar – so you’ll find examples of all those in my music.

I’ma also the guitarist with the rock and blues band The Big Heat

I hope you enjoy what you hear. Thank you for visiting.

 

Banner photo courtesy of AberdeenPhoto.ca.