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Peter Narvaez Father of Blues passes away at age 69

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Newfoundland musicians are morning the loss of one of the most famous blues artists our province had to offer, Peter Narvez. On Nov. 11th Narvez lost his battle with lung cancer.

During his long career (36 years) Narvaez taught at MUN as a folklore professor, as well as writing, recording and performing. Over the years Narvez has played with many local bands such as Wonderful Grand Band, Bopular Demand, Cookstown Jukes and Rowdy Blues as well as have his own solo career. He was nominated for the East coast music awards and MusicNL for his solo album Some Good Blues. More recently he has been working with Sandy Morris, Glen Collins and Dave Rowe in a group called Superpickers who performed during the wreckhouse Jazz and Blues Festival last July. MusicNL nominated them in this years Group of the Year and Jazz/Blues Group of the Year categories for their album Blues on the Ceiling.

Narvaez, moved to Newfoundland in 1974 from his native America, bringing with him his love and interest of Blues when it was an unknown art form in the province. He is widely known as one the fathers of Blues for the province.

by:Emily Farrell