Harpdog blues howl makes for a fine Monday

Bluesman Harpdog Brown belts out a tune during his Jan. 21 howl at the Duncan Garage Showroom. - Peter W. Rusland
Bluesman Harpdog Brown belts out a tune during his Jan. 21 howl at the Duncan Garage Showroom.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland

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It was great seeing blues brother Harpdog Brown again Monday night at the Duncan Garage Showroom. The affable harmonica heavy, and fret adept Brandon Isaak, treated fans to a tasty blues bone comprising originals and familiar tunes. Songs spanned Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee’s timeless Bring It On Home to Me, Isaak’s I Only Gamble On Love, some numbers by Jimmy Reed, and many others. Twinned by Harpdog’s organic appeal and real stories made the night most enjoyable. Fans present included Ken Hicks, Beverley McKeen, Harold Joe and Patti Delisle. Blues rating: 8 paws out of 10.

Kirsten Schrader, Cowichan arts and culture boss and Cowichan Theatre manager, reports Patricia Greenwell will be temporarily replacing Nikki Nilsson in the theatre-programmer position effective Jan. 22. Dustin Weibelzahl will be gradually returning to his theatre-programmer post Feb.4, after some two years absence due to health issues.

Peter W. Rusland has been covering Cowichan’s arts and entertainment community for two decades. If you’d like to add to this column, reach him at arts@cowichannewsleader.com.

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