Monday, January 16 • 7:30 PM
St. Mark Presbyterian Church
10701 Old Georgetown Rd., Rockville, MD
Phill Wiggins & Friends
(Featuring Daryl Davis and Mark Puryear)

We are so fortunate that Washington D.C., which boasts one of the largest and most creative African American communities, has some of the finest blues musicians in the world. What better way to commemorate Martin Luther King Day than by presenting a trio of top notch D.C. musicians whose individual work has expanded interpretations of the blues nationwide?

Phil Wiggins, renowned harmonica player, gifted songwriter and singer, was inspired by singing old time hymns at church in the traditional call and response style with his grandmother in Alabama, and subsequently apprenticed with Mother Scott (a contemporary of Bessie Smith). Attracted to the blues harp as a young man, he began his musical career with some of Washington’s leading blues artists, including Archie Edwards and John Jackson, and attributes his style to his years spent accompanying locally noted slide guitarist and gospel singer Flora Molton.

Phil is accompanied by boogie-woogie piano player, Daryl Davis, Chuck Berry's East Coast pianist, and blues guitarist Mark Puryear, who plays traditional Piedmont and Delta Blues. This is a rare and valuable collaboration: an absolute must see for all blues aficionados!

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