Big Dave McLean

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Yorktown, Saskatchewan, Canada. A stalwart of the Canadian blues scene for three decades, this Winnipeg, Manitoba-based singer and songwriter has been a profound influence on western Canadian blues artists. The son of a Presbyterian minister, he was introduced to blues as a teenager through his brother Grant’s record collection. In 1969 the two brothers travelled to Toronto for the Mariposa Folk Festival. There McLean was introduced to singer John Hammond, who gave him some informal guitar lessons, teaching him to play Bo Diddley’s ‘I’m A Man’. He began his professional career by working audiences at the Regina Folk Club, where his social worker mother helped out in the kitchens. Among the many artists he subsequently influenced are Wide Mouth Mason and Colin James. James first met McLean when he was nine years old at the Regina Folk Club. He helped produce McLean’s 1998 album For The Blues... ‘Always’, an attempt to spread...

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