Trevor Finlay

Trevor Finlay


"ABSOLUTE RAW ENERGY - a little bit Muddy Waters, a little bit David Lee Roth" - DRUM MEDIA - AUS / "Finlay's style is something to behold....opting for a pulsating aural assault where you can see the steam billowing from his ears. He's a true original right down the line."- Xpress- CA


Though serendipity played a role in Trevor Finlay’s choice to be a guitar player at age nine, it is clear he found his calling. This Winnipeg - Manitoba (CANADA) born artist was exposed to the career for which he was destined through his parents’ love of music and his introduction to an “open jam” session at age 15. Throughout his high school years and thereafter, Finlay has played regularly, moving from one playing situation to another, refining his guitar skills and honing his tone and performance. Having studied the masters like Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, the Rolling Stones, he respects the traditions but refuses to be restricted to playing a traditional style. Finlay feels he can’t be easily pegged as a bluesman or a rocker. “There’s way too much music out there to have tunnel vision,” Finlay says.

A prodigious talent – singer, songwriter, guitarist, band leader – Finlay is one of Canada’s most renowned electric southern blues/rock style artist. This talented performer epitomizes the words ‘power trio’ with a lineup of guitar, bass and drums. Avoiding “power trio” clichés, he opts instead for well-crafted and musically intelligent arrangements that expand upon the standard 12-bar foundation in new and creative ways, combining the styles of rockabilly, country, rock, blues and funk to create his own blend of high-energy music. Indeed, he may well have established an entirely new music category; one based on lyrical and guitar ingenuity and observational acuity, as he explores both the quirks of everyday life and the mysteries of the heart with wry, clever wordplay.

His accomplishments include a four-CD body of work (1998 debut MORNING MAN; BUMPY ROADS (2001); the all-acoustic HOME TONIGHT (2003); and his latest, SHOW ME WHAT U GOT; a slew of individual awards “Best Canadian Blues/Rock Artist,” and “Top Canadian Guitarist”, from Canada’s REAL BLUES MAGAZINE, nominations for “Male Vocalist Of The Year” and “New Artist Of The Year” by Canada’s Maple Blues Awards and finalist recognition in the 2004 and 2005 International Songwriting Competition.

A successful touring performer, Finlay has displayed his "unforgettable" talent on stages across Canada, parts of the United States, France and most recently, Australia. The Australia tour resulted in a VioLap endorsement, a unique lap steel guitar from the prestigious Australian guitar manufacturers, Cole Clark Guitars. Endorsees include some of the world’s greatest musicians such as Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, Xavier Rudd and now, Trevor Finlay.

Media acclaim has come from all corners of the globe and includes such respected publications as BILLBOARD/USA; BLUES REVUE/USA (“…Finlay is a capable guitarist whether using his fingers or slide…”); BLUES MATTERS/UK: (“ … high quality musicianship, energy packed live shows and superb song writing skills”); XPRESS/CAN, (“Finlay's style is something to behold.....opting for a pulsating aural assault where you can see the steam billowing from his ears. He's a true original right down the line”) and many more. John Hiatt, James Brown, Booker T. and the MG’s, Kid Rock, Chris Isaac, Kanye West and guitar greats Johnny Winter and Buddy Guy are but a few this talented performer has shared stages with.

While Finlay continues to tour and record he is also in demand as a songwriter in Nashville, USA with some of the top recording artists and songwriters in North America. /


Show Me What U Got - 2005
Home Tonight - 2003 (acoustic)
Bumpy Roads - 2001
Morning Man - 1998

Set List

The Trevor Finlay Band epitomizes the words 'power trio' with a lineup of guitar, bass and drums. He combines the styles of rockabilly, blues, rock and funk to create his own blend of high-energy music. A blending of mostly his originals and some well-placed cover tunes guarantee to energize an audience.

Trevor's solo acoustic performances are truly a delight to watch. Finlay obviously has a great love for guitar playing, and the way he approaches it seems so natural and easy to him. He uses standard and open tunings showcasing his slide playing ability – lots of bent notes and wailing bottleneck technique. His style hovers somewhere between back porch acoustic blues and stripped-down southern blues/rock.