want to recommend Ernie Hawkins. He was here last night for the 3rd
time. It doesn't get much more authentic than Ernie. I recommend him
highly. Also one of the
nicest, easiest guys to work with. Ernie is a gift. Mark Morganstern
of acoustic blues were treated to a wonderful performance by Ernie
Hawkins at the Folklore Society of Washington DC. In addition to his
fluid, crisp guitar playing, Hawkins had a genial style in introducing
his songs and a natural vocal delivery. His wonderful performance
and his extensive repertoire made this a fascinating and thoroughly
enjoyable concert. Ron Weinstock Washington DC Blues Society
entire weekend was very successful (workshop and concert). The Saturday
night crowd loved Ernie! Our patrons are still talking about the performance.
Ernie and Nancy are a pleasure to work with.
Dody-Jane Svetahor Laurel Arts
performance was a great addition to the Longwood experience. Thank
you again for making our Festival of Fountains so exceptional. Dara
Gordon Longwood Gardens
a fantastic performance! Everyone enjoyed it very much. Hope to have
you back again.
Lee Deertrees Theatre and Cultural Center Harrison Maine
thoroughly loved having you here. You brought joy to many souls.
Beth Johnson Garrett Lakes Art Festival McHenry MD
I want to thank you for conducting an enlightening workshop and putting
on an outstanding show at the Beachland Ballroom
in Cleveland Ohio. There was great karma enjoyed by all. You are a
wonderful guest as well. Thanks a million. Amy Shahinian
folks got to hear this extraordinary blues artist in an intimate and
acoustically pristine setting. He made a convincing case for nomination
as a national cultural treasure. Hawkins is clearly the real McCoy.
Daily News Record Harrisonburg VA
The audience at the New Horizon Hall gave Ernie Hawkins the only full
house standing ovation that I have seen. He infused the audience with
a blend of personal experience and acoustic Blues that was passed
on to him directly from some of the original masters like Rev. Gary
Davis, Son House and Mississippi Fred McDowell, to name a few. It
was inspiring to here the base, middle and treble voices of the guitar
so cleanly woven into a fabric of time gone by. A time gone by...but
always present to the listener.
Ernie Hawkins is a man with a mission. He is
a disciple of a form of Blues nearly lost in our times, that of the
Piedmont style of guitar. Its complexity and beauty has a direct African
link that speaks directly from and to the soul. We have been most
fortunate on Hornby to be witness to virtuosity. Ernie has reminded
us that Blues is not just an electric bar scene experience. It was
born in the country by people who lifted their heads above their problems
and drew from their roots, flowered and spread the seed of Blues.
We thank Ernie for his teachings and feel that the spirit of Rev.
Gary Davis and his peers was well passed on.
Steve Peters Hornby Island Blues Society