If Steve Marriner isn’t the busiest musician on the Canadian blues scene, the multi-instrumentalist and singer best known for his work with Monkeyjunk certainly ranks near the top of the list.
Marriner’s year began when he won the Harmonica Player of the year hardware at the Maple Blues Awards in Toronto, his sixth time winning that trophy.
A few weeks later, Marriner headed out on a national tour with Colin James, where his ferocious harp playing was a perfect foil for James’ award-winning blues sound.
In the midst of that tour, Stony Plain/True North released the Manx/Marriner Mainline disc “Hellbound for Heaven” album that puts Marriner in the company of longtime friend and mentor Harry Manx. Steve handled guitars, keyboards, and of course harmonica on the sessions and shared lead vocals and songwriting duties on the latest from both stellar artists.
Marriner, as a member of MonkeyJunk, has consistently sold out shows all over the country, the band holds the CD sales record at the Edmonton Blues Festival, and last summer he led one of the most memorable blues jams ever at Salmon Arm’s Roots and Blues Festival with Colin James, Big Dave McLean and Fleetwood Mac’s Rick Vito (Rick Vito plays this year’s fest Friday night).
Look for Steve to pop in and join his musical buddies throughout the weekend of the 21st annual Edmonton Blues Festival as this year’s Artist at Large!