Award winning blues

World champion jazz and blues harmonica player Carlos Del Junco is bringing his unique style to The Arts Station in Fernie.

Award winning harmonica player

Award winning harmonica player

World champion jazz and blues harmonica player Carlos Del Junco is bringing his unique style to The Arts Station in Fernie.

Del Junco is touring on his newest album Mongrel Mash, the follow up to his Juno-nominated release Steady Movin’.

Mongrel Mash is a “live album in the studio,” capturing all the rawness, energy and diversity of Del Junco’s live show with the clarity of a studio set.

The album is a compellation of old, new and borrowed songs, which showcase Del Junco’s award winning talent, with the backing of the Kevin Breit’s on guitar and the rest of the Blues Mongrels – Henry Heilling on bass, Jorn Andersen on drums and percussion, and Denis Keldie on organ.

The live sound of the album comes from extended solos and raw, impassioned playing.

Del Junco’s style ranges from sensitive and soulful to raunchy solos that led him to being called the Jimi Hendrix of the harmonica.

The Maple Blues Awards have named him the harmonica player of the year seven times in their 14-year history. He’s also earned the best blues title from Now magazine, and he’s received Jazz Report magazine’s blues musician of the year award.

Del Junco is playing at The Arts Station on March 23 at 8 p.m. Tickets for members are $20 for adults, and $14 for youth, and for non-members it’s $25 for adults and $18 for youth. Tickets can be purchased at The Arts Station and Carosella.