Big Hank & Fist Full of Blues
Calgary International Blues Festival (2012)
The band formed in Edmonton in 2007.
We have two Cd's to our Credit and are currently starting work on a third.
The band members are:
Big Hank Lionhart- Lead Vocalist
Hank grew up in Stettler, Alberta and started his musical career in Seattle Washington during his days at art School from 1965 to 1968
He then returned to Edmonton Alberta and played with a number of top forty bands and did the cabaret and club circuit
and lake dances around Alberta. Hank joined Hot Cottage a local blues band in Edmonton in 1974 and sang with them until
1978 then he relocated to Victoria where he formed Uncle Wiggly's Hot Shoes Blues Band who were signed to RCA Records
and recorded two Records and toured Canada and opened shows for Muddy Waters, Joe Cocker, James Cotton, John Mayall,
The Neville Brothers, Koko Taylor and Paul Butterfield to name a few from 1979 until 1982. Then he relocated to Vancouver
and had a Band called the R&B Toasters for 5 years and played in the local Vancouver R&B Scene for 5 years this band was
followed by the Kingpins with former members of Powder Blues they recorded two cd's and had a good amount of success in
Vancouver until 2007 then Hank relocated back to Edmonton to play with the current members of A Fist Full of Blues.
Duane Smith - Bass
Duane grew up in Stettler and was a founding member of Tacoy Ryde a band who has been around for 40 years
on the Alberta Music scene. They recorded two cd's and had a great deal of success and still play as a band from
time to time. Duane is a solid bass player and song writer for the band. he has played with Big Miller, Soul Sacrafice,
Jato and Lester Quitzau to name a few.
Barrie Nighswander - Guitar
Barry grew up in Stettler and was also a founding member of Tacoy Ryde. Barrie has also played with Toronto, Jato and Soul Sacrafice
and has a few cd's credits to his name. He is an excellent guitarist and song writer.
Ken Kirkwood - Guitar
Ken grew up in Stettler and was as well a founding member of Tacoy Ryde as well as Swinging Richard, and Bent Harbour.
Ken is an exceptional song writer and blues guitarist.
Dennis Meneely - Keyboards
Dennis grew up in Edmonton and is a graduate of the Julliard School of music. He is an exceptional keyboardist.
He was also a member of Tacoy Ryde, Jato, Toronto, and Streetheart. Dennis also contributes as a song writer.
Bill Hobson - Drums
Bill grew up in Red Deer and has also been a longtime member of Tacoy Ryde and Jato as well Bill has played with the Rault Brothers
and is a number one call drummer for any Touring Blues Acts that come to town like Jack Dekyzer from Toronto among many others.
Bill is also a fabulous song writer.
Big Hank and a Fist Full of Blues