Born in Wales and raised in Toronto, Canada, Philip Sayce’s love of the guitar started at an early age when his parents introduced him to all of the classics, notably, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jeff Beck.
Starting around the age of sixteen, Sayce started showing up and playing at blues jam nights at Grossman’s Tavern in downtown Toronto. It wasn’t long before he was getting much attention, including from legendary guitarist Jeff Healey, who invited him to join his band. Sayce had his first international tour experience with Healey, playing prestigious festivals and stages worldwide.
After a move to Los Angeles, Sayce spent the next few years as the guitarist for Melissa Etheridge’s band. He performed on her albums and was featured during her shows. By 2009, he released his first of three solo albums that would establish him as a leading figure in a new generation of Blues guitarists.
Ten years later, Sayce tours the world relentlessly and picks up accolades seemingly everywhere he plays. He brings his roadshow to Barrie on September 14.
His live shows are known for their energy and intensity but also for song selection. Sayce treats blues and rock music like canon. They feature unique interpretations of classic works by the greats and leave room for original compositions too.
Philip Sayce performs at the Five Points Theatre in Barrie on September 14 at 8 P.M.
Tickets are available here.