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Little Miss Higgins and the Winnipeg Five heat up the night

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I love Little Miss Higgins. The pride of Winnipeg via Nokomis, Saskatchewan returned to Lethbridge to play the Slice, Tuesday,  Nov. 18, for a surprisingly full house considering it was a Tuesday night. She was backed by the Winnipeg Five aka Winnipeg folk and roots collective the Little Miss Higgins and the Winnipeg 5  play the favourites. Photo by Richard AmeryF- Holes.
 A lot of folks remembered her excellent South stage performance at this year’s South Country Fair and cheered and whistled after each song and even solo.
While I missed their first set, I arrived in time for the second which included some of her  crowd favourites from throughout her career.

 They sang and crooned with equal parts jazz and blues with a touch of folk music.

 “Liar, Liar” was a sexy, sultry jazz tinged highlight near the beginning of the set.Patrick Alexandre playing bass with Little Miss Higgins and the Winnipeg 5. Photo by Richard Amery
 Trumpet player Jimmy James McKee dressed to the nines and added the brass part of the jazz influence of the music and he blew and swaggered. The Winnipeg Five aka pedal steel/ banjo player Eric Lemoine, drummer Evan Friesen, guitarist Blake Thomson  and  stand up bassist Patrick Alexandre Leclerc also sang  superb background vocals.

 Thomson took over much of the guitar chores so Higgins could focus on singing for much of the second set, though she shone as usual when she plucked her own axe.

She had a vintage blues sound to her voice a la Memphis Minnie as she worked her way though “Barns We used to Dance In,” and the always popular “Bargain Shop Panties for which she got the crowd to be her “panties choir” and the even more popular “ I Was At An Auction,” during which she auditioned off  an autographed. wooden candy machine she found in Nanton, for $50 to one enthusiastic crowd member.

 She turned another crowd favourite “ Dirty Old Tractor,” into a big jam where each of the Winnipeg Five got to strut their stuff on their respective instruments.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 November 2014 12:34 )  
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