Blu & Kelly Hopkins
Blu & Kelly Hopkins are a bona fide channel for classic folk, roots and country. Blu demonstrates again and again a deep connection to the lyrics of the greats. Names like Stan Rogers and John Prine float over the campfire when he and Kelly bring their award winning talent to the party.
Blu & Kelly Hopkins have been travelling, writing songs and performing them for many years. A true troubadour, Blu’s influences include everything from Bill Monroe and Woody Guthrie, to Gordon Lightfoot and Stan Rogers. His storytelling songwriting style reflects his experience working and performing across Canada. Blu has lived the songs he sings.
In addition to the two BCIMA awards he’s won, Blu has been nominated sixteen times for Okanagan Music Awards and BC music Awards in both Songwriter and Folk Artist categories and with Kelly as Folk Roots/Bluegrass band of the year.
The duo have shared the bill with many well known artists including, Kelly Joe Phelps, Allen Dobb, Bill Henderson, Ben Mink, Veda Hille, Jim Byrnes, Roy Forbes, Todd Butler, Ken Hamm and for the past thirteen years have performed with Valdy & Gary Fjellgaard (The Contenders) on their interior B.C. tour.
Kelly is also an accomplished songwriter, her songs ranging from rollicking & fun to heartfelt & poignant ballads. She is a great acoustic bass player, and her mandolin compositions are traditional sounding yet fresh tunes that are delighting audiences and other musicians everywhere. Kelly’s warm harmonies combine nicely with Blu’s smokey baritone voice for a wonderful relaxed sound.
The couple have produced and recorded several acoustic projects for other artists in their “Silvercreek Studio” as well as teaching and leading workshops and seminars on Songwriting, guitar, bass and performance at writers festivals and music festivals
Following the release of Blu’s two solo projects “Never Say Never” in 2001, and “Canyon Wind” in 2004, Blu & Kelly released their duo CD “Homegrown” in 2007. Described as “like a visit with two old friends, sharing their songs”, the CD was recorded by them in their home studio over a couple of months, with the help of several of their musical friends.
The pair then got together with Bassist Jim Leduc and virtuoso multi instrumentalist, Gord Milne, to record a bunch of their favorites, live in Silvercreek studio . The result is a mellow blending of feel good tunes and story songs titled “Shakin’ The Dust Off”.
Blu & Kelly have just finished their latest project “Home Fires”, featuring a mix of original songs and their most requested cover tunes, in time for summer touring.
Charismatic, engaging and humourous, Blu and Kelly and their brand of “Organic Acoustic Music” are winning new fans and charming audiences wherever they play.
Blu Hopkins “Never Say Never” Independent 2000
Blu Hopkins “Canyon Wind” Independent- produced by Roy Forbes 2004
Blu & Kelly Hopkins “Homegrown” Independent 2007
Blu Hopkins & Silvercreek “Shakin’ The Dust Off” Independent 2008
Scorpion Awards compilation CD 2004
Scorpion Awards compilation CD 2005
Blu & Kelly Hopkins “Home Fires” Independent 2015
Blu Hopkins” Canyon Wind” has recieved national and regional airplay across Canada and the U.S. on CBC radio One, Galaxy satellite radio and public and campus radio stations. Third Coast Magazine charted “Canyon Wind “as #30 in airplay for North American Public Radio in May 2004 and the album has charted in the top 100 on Campus radio across Canada since it’s release.
The Hopkins’ have also produced and performed on recording projects for:
Jim Karr, “The Lonesome River” 2006
Len Fardella , “Shulaps Serenade” 2006
Storyteller James Murray “A Fair Exchange of Gifts” release date 2008
Dale Crocker “Feels Like Magic” – 2010
Colin Butchart “Tradition Distilled” -2011
Tracy Jones and Danielle Prince “Gone”- 2011
Larry & Jane Stephenson “Pathways” 2013