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Campbell River singer rises above

“Like a Phoenix flying from the ashes I will rise” sings Sean Hogan on the prophetic title track of his sixth album release.

The roller coaster of life got more frightening for nationally acclaimed recording artist and Campbell River resident, Sean Hogan late last April when, after reading to his daughters at bedtime, he noticed he seemed to be suffering from tonsillitis again.

As it turned out, what was thought to be a return bout of tonsillitis, turned out to be much more nasty. Hogan had a rare form of Oral Pharyngeal neck cancer but didn’t know it until mid-August and was Stage 4A by the time it was diagnosed.

The good news for Hogan: after a fall and winter spent being treated for the deadly disease, he has been given the all clear. Now Hogan spreads his wings again this Saturday with Phoenix, his newest album which was put on hold last summer while his health was in jeopardy.

Phoenix is Hogan’s bluesiest offering yet, and the Roots Award winning singer/songwriter will be featured on Holger Petersen’s CBC radio show “Saturday Night Blues” May 5.

Hogan will perform this Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at Serious Coffee in Willow Point, from his newest album and from his five previous albums. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Hogan will also be donating back a percentage of the net proceeds to the local cancer agency efforts.

He credits the great set of doctors in Victoria and his ear, nose and throat specialist in the Comox Valley for helping him regain his health.

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