Ron Campbell & the bLUES bUSTERS

has been making music for more than 50 years.   Starting out as a drummer in the school band directed by Charles Stowell, he was soon playing professionally with the Steve Mason Trio (which also included BC Country Music Hall of Famer Ron Irving).

Ron was soon playing bass for the local legendary Mike Kennedy Blues Band.   Later, he played keys for The Bubbleheads and Ron & the Ravers, top local bands of the day.   In 1979, Ron and his band (which by now included Dennis Fox) recorded the huge local hits The Powell River Song and Waiting For The Ferry.

Ron began a lifetime friendship with the great Sam Hurrie when he joined Sam's band in the late 70's.   By the 90's, Ron was writing more and playing more guitar, and in 1999 he recorded his first full album A Skinny Old White Man Sings The Blues, which was runner-up for the JPF Blues Album of the Year.   More albums followed, and his songs began getting airplay on college radio stations worldwide.   In 2001, he was chosen as a Songwriter Delegate to the BC Festival of the Arts.   His tunes have several times been Province Newspaper Pick of the Week.

In 2004, his This Is Not Spam was another huge hit.   From 2005 to 2008, he was the Music Director for Powell River's Theatre Now!, composing the music for their productions of Goldilocks, Puss In Boots, and Sinbad.   Ron continues to write, to record, to gig steadily with the bLUES bUSTERS, and to teach guitar at the Powell River Academy of Music.

A budding musician in 1966 taking accordion lessons, Dennis soon went on to learn guitar, bass, saxophone and drums.   He was barely 14 when he started playing Legions and parties with his Dad's dance band, the Ted Fox Trio   From teen bands to adulthood, from 60's rock to the latest current trends, through many many musical works and adventures, Dennis has always been on the scene! He was lead singer and tenor sax man for the legendary Zoot Suit Riot, winning a contest to become a mainstage performer at Vancouver Island Music Fest   On the road and at home in Powell River, Dennis has played with an amazing variety of musicians, including a stint in Nester Pistor's band.   He is one of the most in-demand sidemen on Canada's west coast.

Primarily a bassist/singer, Dennis is also an accompished songwriter, with placements on CDs and music libraries. The bLUES bUSTERS are proud to perform many of Dennis's excellent originals.

A classically trained musician, Ted has been on the Powell River music scene for over 15 years, and has a long list of Royal Conservatory and University qualifications.   He started out singing in choirs and playing in the community band before auditioning on sax for Zoot Suit Riot, a rock band with horns, and he has never looked back.

In order to improve his improvisation skills, Ted attended the Jazz Studies program at Malaspina University-College from 2006 to 2008. After taking time to start a family and get married, Ted has returned to playing in the last year and is honoured to be a bLUES bUSTER!

Ted sings and plays alto and tenor sax, keyboards, and has also been known to play flute and clarinet when called for.   He has taught music and also drama locally but is currently not accepting students - he's too busy bUSTING them bLUES!

Neko Peterson NEKO
Neko wouldn't say much about himself - guess he's shy!   We do know he started playing flute in the school band, but soon switched to drums. Drumming is what he loves! As Neko says, "I make my living hitting expensive things with sticks!"

He was a member of Zoot Suit Riot and has been a bLUES bUSTER since 2010.   He's played everything from hard rock shows to restaurant gigs.   Having hosted many, many jam sessions and open mics, Neko is one of the most solid, sensitive drummers (never too loud!) around.   Another great Neko quote: "I've got brushes and I'm not afraid to use 'em!"


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