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March 5, 2009

Carlos del Junco in Calgary

Written by
cindy mcleod

live blues, Canada

Carlos del Junco

Carlos del Junco
Thursday, Mar 5 at 8 pm
Ironwood Stage & Grill, Calgary

Ontario Musician Appears 1 Night Only

Award-winning harmonica player Carlos del Junco brings his award-winning sound to Calgary at the Ironwood Stage & Grill this Thursday, March 5th.

Havana born, Ontario based del Junco immigrated to Canada as a child, first exploring his talent as a visual artist (he’s a sculptor of note) before stepping out as a musician.

Known as a master of the “overblow” technique, which he first learned from jazz virtuoso Howard Levy, del Junco has created a distinct sound on the ten-hole diatonic harmonica that blends jazz, blues, Latin and more.

In 1993 Carlos del Junco won two gold medals in both the diatonic blues category and the diatonic jazz category at the Hohner World Harmonica Championship held in Trossingen, Germany. He’s added numerous Maple Blues awards, a Juno nomination and Jazz Report Magazine’s ‘Blues Musician of the Year” award, and more.

Carlos has recorded with Bruce Cockburn, Kim Mitchell, Cassandra Vassick, Oliver Schroer, Zappacosta, as well as worked with Dutch Mason, Hoc Walsh (Downchild Blues Band) and Holly Cole.

In 1991 del Junco performed and composed the music for Tomson Highway’s Dora award winning play Dry Lips Oughta Move To Kapuskasing. The production toured Canada and was held over for seven weeks at Toronto’s Royal Alex Theatre.

Carlos released his debut CD Blues (Big Reed Records) in 1993. The rich collection of blues classics was a collaborative effort with the late Bill Kinnear playing acoustic and dobro guitars and handling lead vocals.

In 1995 del Junco travelled to Chicago to study with Howard Levy and saw the release of of the critically acclaimed Just Your Fool, with Kevin Breit (guitar), Al Duffy (bass), and Geoff Arsenault (drums). Following was the collaborative effort with Thom “Champagne Charlie” Roberts, Big Road Blues (1996).

His latest, Steady Movin’(2008), marks his fifth recording and second release on the Canadian Northern Blues label, and features guitar work by Kevin Breit.

Carlos has toured Canada regularly since 1996 and tours often in Germany and the United States. He has played all the major jazz, blues, and folk festivals across Canada.

for more info visit www.carlosdeljunco.com

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