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By Heather Sutherland, Barry's Bay This Week

Grammy Award-winner Duke Robillard will be playing in Killaloe Oct. 11 for a library fundraising event.

Grammy Award-winner Duke Robillard will be playing in Killaloe Oct. 11 for a library fundraising event.

Local music lovers have the chance to see a blues master and support the Killaloe and District Public Library when Grammy Award-winner Duke Robillard comes to Killaloe Thursday, Oct. 11.

Robillard has toured and recorded with music legends such as Bob Dylan and Tom Waits and is known for his versatility.

Jim Jones of Zapp Productions, who is bringing him to Killaloe, said, “[He is] definitely the most accomplished player I have had up here.”

Robillard founded Roomful of Blues in the late 1960s – a band that was good enough to accompany two of its heroes, Big Joe Turner and Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, on record and in live appearances.

That band gave Robillard his first exposure to a wide public.

He left after about 12 years and played briefly with rockabilly king Robert Gordon, cut two albums with the Legendary Blues Band and led his own band until 1990 when he replaced Jimmy Vaughan in the Fabulous Thunderbirds.

In the 1990s, he recorded a blues album with Canadian independent label Stony Plain, which earned rave reviews. This has proved a fruitful relationship where, as a soloist, Robillard has released 11 CDs. He has also produced several projects and tours often, playing as many as 250 shows a year.

Robillard will be in Killaloe at the Lions Hall at 8 p.m. Oct. 11 to help raise funds for the library. Jones said Robillard gets a guarantee, and then all the money after that goes to the library.

Tickets are available at the Killaloe Library, Grandma’s Pantry in Killaloe, Pickles and Quilts in Wilno and Afelskie’s Shoes in Barry’s Bay.

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