National Heritage Fellowship - harmonica/blues!
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, Mr. Wiggins achieved worldwide acclaim over three decades as one half of the premier Piedmont blues duo of Cephas and Wiggins. Since the death of guitarist and singer John Cephas in 2009, Phil Wiggins has brought his harmonic wizardry to bear in a variety of musical collaborations to include our guests; the Tidewater Trio with Rick Franklin and Eleanor Ellis.
In 2017 Phil Wiggins was honored with the Distinguished NEA National Heritage Fellowship, only the third harmonica player to receive the lifetime honor, and now the only living player of the instrument to hold the prestigious honor of “Master of Traditional Arts.” It will be an afternoon to remember as we host a national legend!