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"This new release by Dan Treanor and Frankie Lee, on Fred Litwin's award-winning Northern Blues label in Canada, is one of the finest and rousing and fun blues CD's that's ever crossed my musical path. Enlightening, entertaining, energetic and a whole lotta fun!!!..." - Toronto Blues Society


"I think a lot of this label and this is one of their best releases yet. What we've got here is recognizable, American blues performed on somewhat mysterious, handmade African instruments... the truly rewarding superlative about this release is that its recording and instrumentation adds a rich layer of magic into familar blues..." - onthestreet.com


"... If you are looking for something fresh and new but still combines traditions old as the hills, which is espically hard to accomplish in this medium, give this recording a whirl..." - Blues Wax e-zine


" African Wind is a wonderfully executed brew of nourishing rhythms, immersed in the intensity of American Blues while equally engaged in the exotic textures of it's African antecedents... The impact is immediate and totally satisfying. It's easily the best CD I've heard this year... This is Blues stripped to it's bare essentials, so all 15 groove-alicious tracks are devoid of all traces of Rock and Funk. It's the next best thing to having a front tabel at a North Mississippi juke joint..." - Living Blues


"... I'll bet that African Wind is one of the most original CDs to blend traditional hill-country blues (think Piedmond to North Mississippi, please) with African world beat (listen to the kalimba and the djembe, the original African version of the diddley bow, the umakeyana) to hit the market this year... Dan's sense of African and blues rhythms is uncanny...African Wind has many pleasant soul, blues and world beat surprises in 15 very accessible tracks..." - Cosmik Debris


"...This album is a brilliant fusion of African rhythms and down-home blues. Treanor handcrafted his own instruments and plays them flawlessly..." - KVMR Listener's Guide


"...African Wind is a pure blues effort in every way and the use of African instruments enhances the entire presentation. ..all songs are the creations of Dan Treanor and some are quite impressive... Treanor deserves your attention with this release and I bet this disk receives a lot of airplay" - jazz.com


"...What you get is mostly originals combining Delta blues, hill country blues, fife and drum and who knows what else with unique combinations of instruments weaving in and out. What a breath of fresh air. And it works big time...Finally I found someone taking chances. And it all sounds like blues...You gotta check this one out" - BLUESDOG'S DOGHOUSE


"...When it comes to blues, African Wind is a breath of fresh air" - Westword


"Traditional blues travels around the world on this session of emotional release...While the timbres featured by the the band's array of percussion instruments have a worldwide association, it's all about the blues at heart... Hand drums, down-home guitar, upright bass, and Treanor's soulful blues harp drive the message home..." - All About Jazz


Discography

African Wind - NorthernBlues (2004)
Mercy- Plan-It Records (2006)
Brothers, Blood and Bone - Plan-It Records (2007)

Cuts from "African Wind" are currently receiving airplay all over the world. It is in Sirius and XM rotation as well as the listening stations in all Border Books. It is also carried by Amazon. Cuts from 'African Wind', and 'Mercy' can also heard on CD Baby.

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Veteran bluesman Dan Treanor has been entertaining and thrilling audiences for over thirty five years. Dan has played his unique style of blues all over the world. At times in his career he has played with Son Seals, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, Louisiana Red, Jimmy Carl Black, Frankie Lee and the list goes on and on. Today Dan is considered one of the top blues harp players in the business and has been a Hohner Harmonica endorsee for the last twelve years. Dan also plays guitar, dobro, banjo, bass, keyboards and cane flute.

Several years back Dan began to hand build African string instruments for his Blues In The Schools presentations and they quickly made their way into his live show. A new and exciting style of music began to blossom into the sound that Dan makes today. Afro beats, African string instruments, Delta Blues grooves, lots of harp and guitar and soulful vocals.

Dan's 2004 release on Northern Blues -" African Wind" - received high critical acclaim. Legendary soul vocalist Frankie Lee added his magic to this project. The title song, "African Wind", made it to the finals of the ISC. It was also nominated for Blues CD of the year by the Independent Music Awards.

Dan's last two CD releases - "Mercy" (2006)and "Brothers, Blood and Bone" (2007)
also recieved high critical praise.
"Mercy" also received a nomination for blues CD of the year by the IMA.

Dan is joined by veteran bluesman Randall Dubis. Randall spent several years touring with Sonny Rhoades and is a soulful vocalist and smokin' guitar player. With Dan's Khalam, 'Afrosippi' grooves and wailin' harp, they team up with a great rhythm section - Jodie Woodward on bass and Kyle Roberts on drums and percussion to take a journey through a blues landscape seldom traveled by other artists. Dan Treanor and the band are at the forefront of a revoluation in the blues that honors the past but seeks to step outside the box of tradition to give the music a new sense of direction and style. 'Afrosippi Blues'.

American Blues, African rhythms, world beats, Dan Treanor and The Afrosippi Blues Band are here to serve you up a smokin' plate of the real deal.