Uncle Wiggly’s takes on Memphis

After winning the regional Memphis Blues Challenge, the band is preparing to represent B.C. at the 2015 International Blues Challenge

It’s been 35 years since Uncle Wiggly’s Hot Shoes Blues Band introduced Victoria to their infectious brand of party blues during their first gig at the University of Victoria’s SUB Pub.

Today, after more than three decades, they’re still opening new doors.

After winning the regional Memphis Blues Challenge in White Rock this summer, the band is preparing to represent B.C. at the 2015 International Blues Challenge, Jan. 20 to 24 in Memphis, Tenn, competing against bands from around the world.

To help send them on their way, the Victoria Blues Society is hosting a Memphis-Bound Fundraiser and Silent Auction Oct. 24 at the Tallyho Sports Bar.

The fun begins at 8 p.m. and tickets are $20, available at the Tallyho Bar, Lyle’s Place and at the door on show night.

Through the years, Uncle Wiggly’s Hot Shoes Blues Band has played across much of Canada, released two albums, signed to RCA records and shared the stage with legends like Muddy Waters, Joe Cocker, James Cotton and Koko Taylor.

The band’s initial album earned sales of well over 25,000 copies nationally, supporting their 2010 induction into the Victoria Music Hall of Fame as most influential blues group from 1950 to 1980.

 

After an extended hiatus, Uncle Wiggly’s regrouped in 2001 and today is still going strong with all but one of the original band members: Hank Lionhart (Uncle Wiggly), lead vocals; Norm (the Doctor) Piercy on bass; Mark (Westcoast) Comerford on guitar; Dave (the Duck) Rowse on sax; Brent (Watermelon) Hutchinson on sax;

and Piercy’s son Tyler (Kid Cadillac) Piercy on drums.

 

 

Led by Comerford, the band continues to write most of their own songs, last year releasing the CD Still Burnin’ It Up.

 

 

Just Posted

The City of Victoria is proposing a northern contraction from Haultain Street to Bay Street with a western contraction from Cook Street to Chambers Street for Fernwood. (Illustration/Google Maps)
Community association calls for input on Victoria boundary changes

City of Victoria proposes changes to neighbourhood borders

After seizing a handgun from his home on Tuesday, Victoria police arrested a wanted man on Wednesday after he fled officers on his bike. (Black Press Media file photo)
Man wanted on several warrants flees Victoria officers on bike

He was arrested after a brief struggle, transported to hospital with injuries

Divyesh Nagarajan, third from the left, has founded the Be My Friend project to bring support and companionship to vulnerable youth and address North Saanich’s food security challenges. (Courtesy of Divyesh Nagarajan)
Greater Victoria teen looks to connect vulnerable youth with a buddy, bolster food security

Be My Friend project was founded by St. Michaels University School student Divyesh Nagarajan

These are just a handful of Vancouver Island’s missing person cases. Clockwise from top left: Lisa Marie Young, Lindsey Nicholls, Micheal Dunahee, Jesokah Adkens, Belinda Cameron and Emma Fillipoff. (File photos courtesy of family members and police departments)
Gorge skull fragment could bring closure to one Greater Victoria missing person case

Skeletal remains found in Greater Victoria have not yet been identified

(Black Press Media file photo)
UPDATE: Sooke Road reopens after gas leak at Colwood Corners

SD62 warns afternoon buses could be delayed

B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains in the B.C. legislature, May 13, 2019. (Hansard TV)
VIDEO: B.C. to provide 3 days of sick pay for COVID-19 absences

Province will support employers on cost, labour minister says

A nurse asks screening questions at an immunization appointment in Nanaimo earlier this year. (Shawn Wagar/Island Health photo)
Island Health appreciates nurses answering the call in challenging times

Health authority draws attention to National Nursing Week

BC Housing minister David Eby. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
Eby jabs back against Penticton mayor’s ad urging BC Premier to intervene in shelter dispute

Eby writes that Penticton’s ‘serious’ social issues won’t improve under leadership of the mayor

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, April 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 rate creeps up again, 600 new cases Wednesday

One more death, 423 people in hospital with virus

B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham takes questions in the B.C. legislature in 2017. (Hansard TV)
UPDATE: B.C. will fund another year of fresh fruit, vegetables, milk in schools

John Horgan government working on school meal program

Vancouver mayor-elect Kennedy Stewart addresses supporters in Vancouver on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver mayor says there’s no time to redo details of drug decriminalization plan

Kennedy Stewart says a federal election could see the small window of opportunity close on the city’s bid for an exemption from criminal provisions on simple possession of small amounts of drugs

Premier Mike Horgan received his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. (Facebook/John Horgan)
More than 50% of people eligible in B.C. have received 1st vaccine dose

‘We’ve made extraordinary progress together over the past few weeks,’ says Premier Horgan

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating the shooting of a Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation woman in the Ucluelet First Nation community of Hitacu on May 8. (Black Press Media file photo)
Indigenous woman shot by police was holding a replica gun, says Ucluelet First Nation

Woman has been identified as a member of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation

Most Read