Canada’s Mike Branton has long been known as one of the most respected guitar players on the blues scene today. After making a name for himself as a young guitar prodigy, Mike evolved, becoming a triple threat – a stellar improvisational guitarist, soulful singer and songwriter. With the release of his début album, Dirty Feet, his talent as a singer/songwriter and bandleader was obvious.
Branton is a man in love with the blues. It was his first musical passion, and one that has remained in full flight throughout the years. But the Oakville-based Branton is not just borrowing from the well-trodden classic blues repertoire; he is continually expanding on it – by bringing fresh, innovative ideas and creating his own unique musical style.
Branton has played, shared the stage and recorded with a who’s who of Canadian and American blues greats including Jeff Healey, Michael Pickett, George “Wildchild” Butler, Chicago Pete, Pat Ramsey, Richard Newell aka “King Biscuit Boy”, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Jordan John, Steve Marriner (Monkeyjunk), Amos Garrett, Michael Fonfara (Electric Flag) and long time boss Stu Heydon.
Roly Platt has enjoyed a career as both a live and studio harmonica player in the Canadian scene for the past 40 years. He has toured / recorded with many greats, including: David Clayton-Thomas, Matt Minglewood, George Canyon, Susan Aglukark, Dutch Mason, Suzie Vinnick, Wayne Buttery, Rita Chiarelli and Ronnie Hawkins.
Roly has been recorded on over 1,800 individual album cuts, movie scores and national jingles. Multiple Maple Blues Awards nominee – “Harmonica Player of the Year” His recording Credits Include: Toronto Blue Jays, Ron James Show, Berenstain Bears, Franklin The Turtle, Tim Hortons, Labatt, Budweiser, McDonald’s, Bollywood mega-hit film “Delhi Belly”.
Visit Roly at rolyplatt.com