Band Bio - Big Dave McLean:
Born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan in 1951, Dave McLean quickly started establishing himself within the Blues scene. At the age of 10, his family relocated to Winnipeg where he was introduced as a teenager to his brother Grant's extensive record collection of Folk, Jazz, and Blues music. In 1969, at the age of 18, Dave and his brother traveled to Toronto to attend the Mariposa Folk Festival where he was given an informal guitar lesson by respected blues musician "John Hammond". Hammond taught Dave how to play Bo Diddley's 1955 R&B hit "I'm A Man", in which he practiced vigorously over the next 6 months. Dave describes this encounter with John as being one of the most significant, career defining moments in his life as a musician. In the years to follow, Dave began establishing his professional career by playing at various venues including Buds on Broadway, and the Regina Folk Club. In 1989, he released his first album titled “Muddy Waters For President” which was recorded right here at Buds! In the years following his albums release, Dave met, and eventually teamed up with the Canadian Blues/Rock musician, Colin James. In 1998 James went on to produce Dave’s second album titled “For The Blues... ‘Always’”. Now a days, Dave resides in Winnipeg and has become a large name within the Blues scene.