Barnum playing The Mex for Comox Valley Hospice Society

featured guest of the 1st Tuesday Fundraiser

Gerry Barnum will play at the Mex Pub for December's 1st Tuesday Fundraiser on Dec. 2. All proceeds will go to the Comox Valley Hospice Society.

Come out to the Mex Pub in Courtenay on Dec. 2 to hear blues guitarist Gerry Barnum.

No stranger to the B.C. music scene, this seasoned performer has entertained audiences at many festivals, coffee houses and theatres across the country.

Barnum plays guitar and harmonica, and his vocal style is smooth yet visceral and soulful. He is often referred to as a musician’s musician.

Barnum will be performing a set as the featured guest of the 1st Tuesday Fundraiser, by donation at the door with proceeds going to the Comox Valley Hospice Society (CVHS). The evening starts at 7:30 p.m.

Barnum describes his style as “soulful roots/original.” After a dozen years steeped in the Vancouver music scene, and some cross-Canada touring under his belt, Barnum returned to his hometown of Parksville, where he divides his time between teaching and performing.

He is  a respected recording artist with five CDs to his credit between 1998 and 2011, not to mention the many tasteful additions of blues harmonica and guitar he’s added to other musician’s projects.

“We’re absolutely thrilled that he’s willing to come up to perform,” says organizer Judy Wing. “It’s a very generous gesture to play an out of town gig for a benefit. I know the audience will thoroughly enjoy not only his music but his personality. His website is a wonderful collection of warm reviews and accolades for his music.”

The evening starts with an opening set by the Wings, along with violinist Blaine Dunaway, followed by a feature set by Barnum. There will be door prizes, and some 1st Tuesday merchandise items for sale including Royston Roast Coffee, original art cards by Sue Pyper, and donated CDs from local musicians with all proceeds going to CVHS.

For more information, visit the Facebook page: 1stTuesdayFundraisers.