Blu Hopkins is a familiar favorite on the B.C. 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 and sixteen nominations.
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, octave mandolin 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.