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John Kerkhoven

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I sing and I play the harmonica. I am led by my ear, by the possibilities of the harmonica, and by the influence of the wonderful musicians I have the pleasure to play with.

My main projects are BluesReel, a blues-Celtic duo with Patrick Hutchinson; and the Mojo Vipers a blues and jazz ensemble with Paul Serralheiro, Stephen Barry and Eloi Bertholet. I also perform solo, adding guitar to my harp and voice.

I have performed and recorded with many other artists on the folk, roots and blues scene in Montreal including Pat Loiselle, Eleuthera, The Durham County Poets, Deacon George and Jitterbug Swing. I participate regularly at the Harmonica A Cappella events. And I teach the harmonica.


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BluesReel: Blues and Celtic Grooves

A contemporary duo in the folk tradition, BluesReel performs songs and tunes, old and new, from both sides of the Atlantic. Our original material ranges from love songs to instrumentals to street-level reflections on modern life.

John Kerkhoven, harmonicas and vocals
Patrick Hutchinson, guitars, whistles and vocals

Our new album, Saint-Quentin, will be available on Bandcamp October 2. Our first CD, Riverfield, is available there for download.

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Mojo Vipers

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Mojo Vipers: Blues and Jazz

The Mojo Vipers is a blues band and jazz quartet rolled into one smoking ensemble.

The Mojo Vipers perform songs and instrumentals from the likes of Little Walter, Charles Mingus, Mose Alison, Sun Ra, T-Bone Walker and Louis Jordan to name but a few.

John Kerkhoven (harmonica)
Paul Serralheiro (guitar)
Stephen Barry (bass)
Eloi Bertholet (drums)

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John Kerkhoven

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John Kerkhoven Solo

I cut my teeth playing solo in the metro, belting out blues songs a cappella and playing harp through a small practice amp.

These days, my solo performances include guitar in addition to harp and voice, and consist of blues and folk tunes, as well as original compositions.

My influences include early blues and jazz, Delta blues, gospel blues, Chicago blues, as well as fiddle tunes from the Celtic and North American folk tradtions.

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