Blu Hopkins is a familiar favorite on the local folk scene and has been for years. Blu’s capacity for reviving classics from the books of greats like John Prine and Stan Rogers, compliment his well-received selection of originals. His storytelling style reflects his experience working and performing across Canada. This is a man who has lived the songs he sings, and his talents have been recognized with two BCIMA awards. Blu will be playing a set during The Super Crawl, hosting the Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blu workshop Friday afternoon alongside Kaia Kater and The Eisenhauers, and he will host Canadian Classics on Saturday afternoon.
Born in Ft Smith N.W.T. Blu Hopkins began singing , playing and writing at an early age. His mother and father were both singers and writers and encouraged his musical journey. After moving to southern Ontario, Blu’s childhood home was the site of many late night jam sessions where friends and touring musicians played and sang ’till the wee hours of the morning. Some of his earliest memories are of falling asleep to the sound of guitars and voices singing. At the age of 16 , he left home with his guitar and traveled Canada, hitchhiking and riding freight trains from Toronto to Halifax and later Vancouver. His odyssey led him to work as a farm hand, mill worker, logger, construction worker and trucker. His experiences fueled his passion for music and gave him the material to write. With a smokey “lived in” baritone voice and a huge repertoire of traditional and contemporary folk songs as well as original material, he’s comfortable playing guitar, clawhammer banjo or Appalachian dulcimer.
A two time winner of BC music awards , Hopkins has shared the bill with a diverse and eclectic group of artists over the years, including, Valdy, Kelly Joe Phelps, Roy Forbes, Bill Henderson, Gary Fjellgaard , Veda Hille, Jim Byrnes, Ben Mink, Todd Butler and others.
His discography includes two solo projects, one recording with his band “Silvercreek” and two with his wife Kelly whom he tours with as a duo.
February 20th, Blu & Kelly Hopkins at Coldstream Womens Institiute Hall. Kalamalka Lake Rd. Vernon. 7:30 PM
March 15th Carlin Hall, Tappen 7:30pm Tickets at Acorn Music 250-832-8669
April 1st Prestige Harbourfront Hotel Ballroom, Salmon Arm
Farm to Fork 6:00pm – 9:00pm
April 9th Sunnybrae Hall 9:00pm – Featured Performers for Sunnybrae Coffee House
April 13th Benvoulin Heritage Church, Kelowna 8:00pm
April 23rd Silver Creek Hall 7:00pm – Fundraiser/Dance/Silent Auction for Shirley Herrington Wheelchair Fund
June 11th Salmon Arm, BC – Shuswap Theatre 7:30pm – Jesse Mast Trio & Blu & Kelly Hopkins Concert Tickets available @ Acorn Music 250-832-8669
June 25th Salmon Arm Marine Park Bandshell – 13th Annual Dragon Boat Festival 3:00pm – 3:50pm
June 25th Falkland BC – 3rd Annual Falkland Folk Off 9:00pm
July 1st Blind Bay, BC – Centennial Park Stage – Canada Day Festival 12:00noon – 1:30pm
July 9th Kelowna, BC – Parks Alive – Kerry Park Stage TBA
July 13th Lillooet, BC – Miyazaki House Summer Concert Series – 7:00pm – 9:00pm
August 18th Blind Bay, BC – Centennial Park Stage – Music in the Bay – 6:30pm – 7:15pm
August 28th Victoria, BC – Victoria Folk Music Society – Norway House
October 15 2016 -Barnhartvale Coffee House featuring Blu & Kelly Hopkins. 7:00p.m.Barnhartvale Hall
October 21 2016 7:00 p.m.,Blu & Kelly feature act at the Silver Creek Coffee House
November 3, 2016 7:30p.m. Tappen B.C. , Carlin Hall, with Valdy & Gary Fjellgaard. Tickets at Acorn Music Salmon Arm.
December 18 2016, Shuswap Theatre Christmas show . Details TBA
March 23rd, 2017, Salmon Arm, BC – Carlin Hall – El Mariachi Los Dorados w/Special Guests Blu & Kelly Hopkins
May 5th, 2017, Salmon Arm, BC – Prestige Harbourfront Hotel – Farm to Fork Festival
May 19 – 21, 2017, Salmon Arm B.C.-Word On The Lake Writers Festival , Blu & Kelly will be leading a songwriting seminar and performing at the festival times TBA.
July 1, 2017, Canada Day , Blind Bay B.C. -Blu & Kelly will be appearing at the Canada Day Festival in Blind Bay time TBA.
Aug 18 – 20, 2017,Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival – Blu Hopkins will be appearing on concert and workshop stages TBA.
Sept 30, 2017, Salmon Arm B.C. – Blu & Kelly Hopkins at “The Handmade Shoppe” 7:30 pm Tickets $20 available at acousticavenue.tickit.ca , at Acorn Music or by reservation at The Handmade Shoppe.
Salmon Arm fall fair dates and times TBA