is a Victoria favorite and long time hosts of the Sunday Afternoon Blues jam. This very popular free event showcases some of Victoria's best musical talent.
The band appear often at local night clubs and pubs and have appeared at numerous blues festivals including Victoria Blues Bash, Nanaimo Blues Festival and Mt. Rainier Blues Festival.
Their first self titled album "The Deb Rhymer Band" was released in 2006 has received a lot of airplay including the CBC Saturday Night Blues Show with Holger Peterson
Deb Rhymer struts the Blues with a sultry, uptown West Coast sound. Drawing on the classics, from the heyday of the Chicago shouters to the strong song writing women of today's North West blues scene, Deb delivers a funky, soulful and sophisticated blues brew for your listening and dancing delight.
Deb is also a founding member of the Victoria Blues Society.
Deb was born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia and made her debut as a vocalist at age 17 with the the rock band Hostage. In 1997 she began fronting the blues band No Fixed Address. Her love of the blues had begun! Known for her dynamic voice and unique bluesy style, Deb has had the opportunity to work with some of Victoria's best musicians. Her CD was released in 2006 and has received excellent reviews. Select songs have been featured on the CBC Saturday Night Blues with Holger Peterson. Deb has been featured for many years at the R&B Fest, Vancouver Island Blues Bash and many local clubs. The Deb Rhymer Band also hosts the Sunday Blues Services jam every Sunday afternoon.
Kelly Ward Fawcett is a versatile guitarist and powerful vocalist who has led his own bands and worked as a sideman for many other prominent Canadian musical acts. He has toured North America extensively, with international sojourns to Hong Kong, China, the Caribbean and Europe. Growing up in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Kelly cut his teeth playing with Kelly Ward Fawcett“The Prime Minister of the Blues” Dutch Mason and blues harp legend, Rick Jefferies. He has shared the stage with Buddy Guy, Jim Byrnes, Amos Garret, The Odds, Shari Ulrich and Sarah McLachlan as well as touring with Mobadass (Earl Pereira of Widemouth Mason), HB Concept, Rita Chiarelli and the Twisters. A former instructor at the Selkirk College professional music and digital media program, Kelly is also an award wining songwriter, composer and engineer with his music being featured in both film and television.
Andy was born in Vancouver and currently resides in Victoria. In his decades long career, he has toured, recorded with, and backed up an impressive roster of North American artists including: Harpdog Brown, Jack DeKeyser, Morgan Davis, Sherman Doucette, Big Joe Duskin, Rick Fines, Amos Garrett, Colin James, Steve Kozak, Robbie Laws, Ellen MacIlwaine, Big Dave McLean, Pinetop Perkins, Lester Quitzau, The Twisters, David Vest, Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, and many others. Locally, Andy has played the blues with the HouseCats, Bill Johnson, Slim & the Deuces, and Summer & the Sinners.
Clayton O'Howe is no novice. Originally from Niagara Falls, he relocated to Vancouver Island in 1993. A seasoned professional bassist and composer, he has toured around the country in many styles including Progressive Rock, Blues, R&B, Country & Western and Rock & Roll. Clayton lays down a rock solid foundation for the blues, whether swinging or funky.
As some of you are aware, our long time guitarist Neil Taylor is moving on to new projects and some exciting overseas travel! We thank Neil for 6 years of music!
Drum roll - We are pleased to welcome the wonderfully talented Mr. Kelly Fawcett to the Deb Rhymer Blues Band. Come show Kelly some love this Sunday! And thanks to everybody for your ongoing support!