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Rest In Peace


Johnnie Bassett

“Gentleman of the Blues”

Oct. 9, 1935 – Aug. 4, 2012



“Soul Singer Supreme”

May 24, 1944 – June 5, 2012


Al Kirkcaldy

September 29, 1953 – February 12, 2009

Some Quotes:

On the music business:

The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There’s also a negative side. – Hunter S. Thompson

On the record business:

“It’s like going across the river on the back of an alligator.” – Tom Waits

On one of my long time heroes:

Once at a television taping, Little Richard’s mother, Leva Mae, took Dion aside and asked him, “You the boy that sings ‘Ruby Baby’? Son, you got soul.”

Al K’s All Day Blues Party

Al K’s All Day Blues Party

A Musical Tribute To Al Kirkcaldy

Market Hall, Peterborough

Sun. Apr. 5, 2009

The musical celebration in honour of Al Kirkcaldy was an outstanding success! Al would have been proud.

The audience was treated to wall to wall music over the course of two 4 hour shows courtesy of a virtual who’s who of the Peterborough and Toronto Blues scenes plus special guest Darrell Nulisch. All generously donated their time and artistry to this momentous occasion. And, each show featured a special screening of a heartwarming video tribute to Al thoughtfully created by Mako Funasaka of talkin’ blues in addition to a variety of Blues related prizes.

As a final salute to Al’s memory, a total of $3,700 was generated for the Blues In The Schools program!

“Thanks Al … for your love of the Blues”