Harmonica blues player Sherman ‘Tank’ Doucette brings lively concert to Elks Hall next Wednesday

By on April 10, 2018

Sherman “Tank” Doucette brings his lively harmonica blues to the Elks Hall next Wednesday, April 18. He’s accompanied by guitarist and songwriter Graham Ord. Doucette started playing harmonica at the age of 15, coming from a musical family. At age 17, he was playing skid row clubs, pubs and all-night booze cans. (Contributed photo)

Blues fans will be treated to a lively concert when Sherman “Tank” Doucette performs at the Osoyoos Elks Hall next Wednesday, April 18.

Doucette, currently based in Kelowna, plays harmonica and sings, and he’ll be accompanied by guitarist Graham Ord. They’ll be performing as the Sherman Doucette Duo.

“I found that he’s really entertaining to watch,” said Earl Krushelnicki, who organizes the Music at the Elks concerts that have become popular with local fans of blues and other music. “The music is good, it’s upbeat. He plays more of a rocking style. He doesn’t just sit and play. He’s very active on stage.”

Born in December 1953 in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Doucette started playing harmonica at age 15. He came from a musical family. He left home with a $20 bill in his pocket and headed to Vancouver.

By the age of 17, he was playing in skid row clubs, pubs and all-night booze cans. He was a staple of the Vancouver music scene from 1969 to 1999.

In 1977, he was caught in a huge explosion at a lumber mill that sent him to hospital for six months with burns to more than half his body. This fight for his life gave him the nickname “Tank.”

In 1981, he started the blues band Incognito, which still exists today with other band members.

Over the years, he has performed with such musicians as John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins, Long John Baldry, Jim Byrnes, Powder Blues Band, Pinetop Perkins and Sunnyland Slim among others.

He’s also collaborated with Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, who appeared as part of the Music at the Elks series in Osoyoos in January.

Doucette was influenced at a young age by the Chicago blues style and his harmonica style was influenced by Paul Butterfield.

Doucette takes harmonicas very seriously. He has a collection of more than 700 antique harmonicas, some dating back more than 100 years. A few of these can be seen on his website www.shermandoucette.com.

Graham Ord, who will accompany Doucette in Osoyoos, is an English musician and songwriter born in 1961. He is also now based in Kelowna.

Ord was also influenced by the blues from a young age, and took up guitar at age 14. In the late 1970s, he was part of the London music scene.

In 1998, he relocated from the UK to Vancouver and toured coast to coast and internationally as a solo performer.

Ord’s website is www.grahamord.com.

Concert details: Sherman Doucette Duo, Osoyoos Elks Hall, 8506 92nd Ave., Wednesday, April 18, doors open at 7:30 p.m., music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets for $20 are available at Mills Office Productivity or call Ken at 250-495-3936.

RICHARD McGUIRE

Osoyoos Times

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