Cécile was a hit at our last Saskatoon Blues Festival and we welcomed the opportunity to present her again. She is on a western Canadian tour, including the Calgary Folk Festival, and from here goes on to the the BBQ & Blues Festival in Winnipeg.
"An exceptional stage presence, guitarist / singer-songwriter Cécile Doo-Kingué blends blues, afro-roots and soul to create a unique sound. Born and raised in New York City, first generation from Cameroon, she has lived in the USA, France, and is now an adopted Montrealer.
Considered one of Canada's most electrifying and versatile guitarists, she has shared a stage and/or recorded with Montreal Jubilation Choir, Blind Boys of Alabama, Bernard Purdie, Michael Jerome Brown, Tricia Foster, Scarlett Jane, United Steel Workers of Montreal, amongst many, and has opened for many icons including Canned Heat, Eric Andersen, Angelique Kidjo, Youssou N'Dour and Manu Dibango. In 2008, Cécile and Gern f. of USWM started Chick Pickin' Mondays, a night promoting women singer-songwriters...
January 2016, Doo-Kingué released the second chapter of her trilogy exploring blues, roots, and life in their myriad of aspects. Anybody Listening Part 2: Dialogues features her strength and versatility as an all-around guitarist and musician, from blues to jazz to folk to soul to rock n' roll. Fiery licks and seamless melody compliment her deep, laid-back voice throughout the album, leaving no doubt as to the guitarist's oneness with the instrument, nor the unity of her sound. Surrounded by a stellar cast of Montreal's finest musicians, Doo-Kingué presents an eclectic collection of contemporary blues adding to the social commentary of Anybody Listening Part 1:Monologues, and celebrating life and music with fellow artists she is a fan of, in spaces that exude positive energy. Powerful and raw, Cécile Doo-Kingué's guitar prowess, lyrics, and sound make for enthralling and intimate communion."
"Cécile Doo-Kingué kicked a variety of musical asses during the 2016 Calgary Folk Music Festival. A returnee from 2015, Doo-Kingué's eclectic guitar and powerful vocals had Folk Fest faithfuls on their feet applauding as she finished her set on the main stage."
Tickets are $20 and are available at McNally Robinson Booksellers, Long & McQuade Music (both stores), St. John's Music, and Vangelis Tavern.
People who saw her at the Blues Festival will want to see her again and will be bringing friends who missed seeing her in February. Could be a full house, so get your tickets now.