Phil Wiggins: Blues and More from Maryland
Part of the Homegrown NEA National Heritage Fellows Double Header
Homegrown Concerts from the Library of Congress, Co-sponsored by the American Folklife Center
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2020 at 12:00 PM
How to watch...
Starting at noon on the scheduled premiere date, each video will be available on several platforms. You can interact with the artist via text chat exclusively on Facebook during and immediately after the premiere. The links to each platform are:
Harmonica master Phil Wiggins, who was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in 2017, has appeared in AFC’s Homegrown Concert Series, Summer Music Jam series, and Archive Challenge. According to the National Council for Traditional Arts, "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. Born in Washington D.C. in 1954, Phil Wiggins achieved worldwide acclaim over three decades as one half of the premier Piedmont blues duo of Cephas & Wiggins. Since the death of guitarist and singer John Cephas in 2009, Phil has brought his harmonica wizardry to bear in a variety of musical collaborations." In this concert, Phil will play traditional music, including a piece from the AFC Archive.
A free noon concert series presented by the American Folklife Center and the Music Division of the Library of Congress. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the 2020 concerts will stream on the American Folklife Center’s Facebook page, Wednesdays from June 24-September 30. Artists will be present in the chat area to say hello and answer questions during the concert and for a few minutes after it ends. Video will also be posted online here and on the Library of Congress YouTube channel. NO TICKETS REQUIRED.