Doors open at 7:00, concert starts at 7:30Concert (online): Phil Wiggins & Saul Broudy
Two Guys with Harmonicas and Stories
Phil Wiggins and Saul Broudy are two guys who play harmonicas (and Saul also plays guitar and other instruments)--and every song brings up stories about where they got it or who they got to play it with. Phil's harmonica got him into relationships with great Piedmont blues players, most notably guitarist John Cephas, with whom he played for decades until John passed away. Saul's harmonica was his entry into jamming with Louisiana Cajun greats, and his musical talents kept him and his comrades in balance during his stint of service in Vietnam.
Born in Washington D.C., Phil Wiggins is arguably America’s foremost blues harmonica virtuoso. While rooted in the melodic Piedmont or “Tidewater” blues of the Chesapeake region, his mastery of the instrument now transcends stylistic boundaries. Achieving worldwide acclaim over three decades as one half of the premier Piedmont blues duo of Cephas & Wiggins until Cephas passed away in 2009, Phil has since brought his harmonica wizardry to bear in a variety of musical collaborations. He fronts the acoustic swing/roots/blues ensemble, the Chesapeake Sheiks, and is actively engaged in reuniting the Piedmont blues with its origins of African American buck and tap dancing. He was honored with the National Endowment of the Arts 2017 National Heritage Fellowship and the 2021 Maryland Heritage Award, both among the most prestigious awards for traditional arts.
Saul Broudy has been performing for over 45 years nationally and internationally. He accompanies his singing on guitar, but is perhaps best-known as a harmonica player, having worked and recorded as a back-up musician with many artists including Steve Goodman, Loudon Wainwright III, Jim Ringer, Utah Phillips, and Mick Moloney--he's recorded on over 25 albums. He has his own album, "Travels with Broudy", and has recorded "In Country: Folk Songs of Americans in the Vietnam War" with six fellow Vietnam veterans. Saul's music covers a wide range of grassroots American genres, from traditional ballads to bluegrass, county, blues, Cajun, and rockabilly. Dr. Broudy also holds a Ph.D. in Folklore & Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania.
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