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 JAN 27, 2023

There’s a trail that runs from the dead heat of the Mississippi Delta, through the winding alleyways of Havana to the smoky confines of a cigar club in Edmonton. Kat Danser has spent most of her life trawling the backstreets of the blues and her sixth album ‘One Eye Open’ reflects the fruits of her explorations. From an old string band melody passed down from the twenties, to a lyric written the night before the Covid pandemic shut the world down, the past rides shotgun with the present on everything Kat Danser sings and plays. “One Eye Open’ enlarges upon her decades long conversation with the blues and is a testament to the enduring emotional power and relevance of the art form.

As an award-winning performer, Danser has graced the stages of some of Canada’s most prestigious events and venues including the Winnipeg, Calgary, Regina and Edmonton Folk Festivals as well as The Canadian Women in Blues at Massey Hall and the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues and Mountain View Music Festivals.

In addition to being nominated four times for a Western Canadian Music Award, a national Maple Blues Award and winning the Ambassador of the Blues Award and the Best Independent Blues Album from the International Blues competition, and has recently been inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. As if that wasn’t enough, Danser is also a nationally award-winning scholar who has presented at conferences throughout North America. She has also been the Artist in Residence at the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts in Calgary and facilitated music and healing courses for marginalized children and adults.

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