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Biography

Hookahman began as a Tuesday night Jam session in 1992 Wes & Frank's house. 9 unique members of Edmonton's vibrant artistic community met and jammed for no reason other than to play and hear music that they liked. Eventually they performed publicly at an Edmonton City Council public forum on the use of "radioactive waste to speed the decomposition of river sludge". Hookahman wrote and performed their hit single "The Nuclear Song" for that gig. Since then, their open improvisational technique has led them to play with such Canadian legends as Juno Award winner Bill Bourne, The Hard Rock Miners, and The Raging Grannies. Most recently, Hookahman recorded their first album "Oh Hut…" etching their own brand of Post-Industrial-Accoustic-Folk-Fusion-Trouser-Rock for all time in a string of ones and zeros concentrically stored via optical laser technology in the delightful CD format. Due to the overwhelming popularity of "Oh Hut…", they are currently working on a follow-up with Aria Award winning producer Dave Mockford.

Hookahman sounds like "Jonathan Richman leading The Pogues on a rampage through Canadian suburbia, rearranging The Rankin Family's Lawn Ornaments along the way."
- Gene Kosowan, See Magazine

Hookahman is comprised of Joe Bird , Wes Borg Joel Finnestad, Jeff Page, Jason Kodie, Frank Bessai, Cathy Derkach, and Dove & Larry ( the former rhythm section of Jr. Gone Wild).

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