Christmas a great time for the blues with Uncle Wiggly’s Hot Shoes in Duncan [sneak peek video]

Uncle Wiggly’s Hot Shoes are presenting The Blues Songs of Christmas at Duncan United Church Saturday, Dec. 3 starting at 7:30 p.m.

Uncle Wiggly’s Hot Shoes are presenting The Blues Songs of Christmas at Duncan United Church Saturday, Dec. 3 starting at 7:30 p.m.

The group, former RCA Recording Artists and members of the Victoria Music Hall of Fame, have been around since 1978.

They toured extensively in the ’80s opening for such legends as Muddy Waters, Joe Cocker, James Cotton, Koko Taylor and Paul Butterfield and gaining a great reputation of their own. In January 2015, they represented British Columbia in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge.

Now, they are bringing a show to Duncan, just in time for the holidays.

The event offers a collection of traditional blues Christmas tunes from the ’20s, ’30s, ’40s, ’50s and ’60s by such luminaries as Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner, BB King, Eric Clapton, Charles Brown and Etta James.

This show played to sold-out houses and standing ovations around B.C. last winter as well as earning reviews on the Island but this is the first time Duncan has seen it.

It is not the usual presentation of traditional Christmas carols, but is instead a tribute that gives the audience a look into the souls of these fabulous blues legends by sharing the Christmas blues songs written by them.

The band is made up of Hank “Uncle Wiggly” Lionhart and Deb Rhymer (vocals), Mark “Westcoast” Comerford (Guitar), Andy Graffiti (Drums), “Lightnin” Lonnie Glass (bass), Wynn Gogol (keyboards), Wayne Kozak (Sax), and Bryn Badel (trumpet).

Tickets are $20 each and are available at Ten Old Books and Volume One Bookstore in Duncan.

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