The Band

She began her career in the early 1980’s alternating her time with between the west coast R&B band, Club Mongo, and singing jazz ballads with Patrick Dickson at Benihaha’s in the Hilton in Waikiki.
She first met longtime musical partner and guitarist, Tom Bowler, as a member of Club Mongo. In the late 80’s the pair formed Auntie Kate and the Cheap Suits which soon took Victoria by storm. Along with bassist Clark Brendan, she and Bowler played a mélange of acoustic blues, Cajun, and R&B against a backdrop of high-voltage outfits, dark glasses, and of course, cheap suits!
A desire to dig into their funkier roots led to the creation of Auntie Kate and the Uncles of Funk. Over the next few years, the band toured relentlessly and released three CDs; “Food For Thought”, “Do You Have This In Blue?”, and “Snapshots”. A video was made and played all over the world and the band has been featured extensively on the blues channel of the Galaxie network.
A compilation CD, with live performances from some of Canada’s best blues acts, was released by Edmonton’s famed “Blues on Whyte” club. This CD features two Auntie Kate tracks, “Evil City Blues” and “After All These Years”, released on the second CD.
Auntie Kate and The Uncles of Funk are currently working on a new, as yet untitled, CD. As well, an “Aunthology”, made up of mostly unreleased tracks recorded during the last several years, has now been released.

Auntie Kate
Auntie Kate
Vocals, Accordion

Auntie Kate hits the stage like a barely controlled force of nature, rocking and kicking out a powerful blues routine honed in the clubs of Western Canada. Originally from Saltspring Island, but calling Victoria, or anywhere she is performing, home, she is a charismatic singer with a style all her own. On stage, despite her small stature, she appears larger than life. Outfitted with dark glasses and an unabashed stage presence she takes command of her audiences with her powerful hard edged blues vocals.
Tom Bowler
Tom Bowler
Guitar, Vocals

"Uncle" Tom has been Auntie Kate's longtime musical partner, going as far back as 80's party band, Club Mongo. He is a principal member of "The Pretzel Logic Orchestra", a nine piece homage to the songs of Steely Dan. As well, he can be heard playing fifth wheel in the Country fun band "Pony Club"! He is the musical director, composer, producer and band manager! The rhythm section on patrol these days is Glenn McMekan on drums and vocals, and Noah Monckton on bass and vocals.