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JUNO Award winner JULIAN FAUTH

NOMINATED BY THE MAPLE BLUES AWARDS FOR "PIANO/KEYBOARD PLAYER OF THE YEAR"

Julian Fauth’s taste for the blues was influenced early in life by radio programs that he heard around the house as a young child. His father was a radio journalist and when Julian was six he brought home some discarded LPs from the radio station. One of them was a blues LP called 'The Golden Blues Hour', with 20 tracks, from John Hurt to Buddy Guy. Amongst the radio programmes he heard at the time was an adaptation of Paul Oliver's 'The Story Of The Blues', with songs by Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell, Bumble Bee Slim and Big Maceo. Another was one on the songs of black American prisoners. That was some powerful singing and he still remembers some of the songs he heard.

When Julian was around seven or eight years old one of his dad's aunts died and left him a piano.  He started fooling around on the piano pretending to be Memphis Slim, pounding the keys and hollering songs he could barely understand. Today Memphis Slim is still one of Julian’s favourite blues pianists, although he also loves artists like Roosevelt Sykes, Leroy Carr, and Sunnyland Slim. When the 1980s came along Julian would creep into Pop The Gator, where Mel Brown was hosting a regular Wednesday Night jam setting the stage for the nineties where he found himself enjoying the unpretentious, undemanding camaraderie of the bars in Kensington Market. After moving to Toronto in 1996, Julian began jamming in the Kensington Market bars, which then led to a busy career on the Toronto blues scene (not to mention a meeting with David Rotundo with whom he recorded and continues to play as a duet).

Over the years since, Julian has played in places as diverse as Chicago and Detroit, Moscow and Volgograd and Veradero, Cuba. Julian has played with some of Toronto's finest blues musicians including David Rotundo, Paul Reddick, Michael Pickett, Brian Blain and Rick Zollkower. Julian Fauth has become a soulful singer-songwriter and barrelhouse piano player working in the tradition of pre-war acoustic blues. He’s a rustic, energetic honky-tonk piano player; a two-fisted barrelhouse piano player who swings as well as he boogies.

He won a JUNO in 2009 for Blues Album of the Year.


RAMBLIN' SON
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SONGS OF VICE AND SORROW
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