The Legendary Downchild Blues Band

Thursday June 29 @ 9:30pm at TekSavvy Main Stage, Confederation Park


Donnie “Mr. Downchild” Walsh - guitar/harmonica (Leader/Founder)
Chuck Jackson – lead vocals
Gary Kendall – bass
Michael Fonfara – keyboards/organ
Mike Fitzpatrick – drums
Pat Carey – saxophone

Along with Ronnie Hawkins, Donnie Walsh—Downchild Blues Band co-founder—has mentored and led more musicians than any dozen other Canadian bandleaders. By Walsh’s reckoning, some 120 musicians have passed through the band’s ranks since he and his younger brother Richard formed Downchild in 1969. Among those they influenced was harmonica aficionado Dan Aykroyd, who modelled fictional Blues Brothers Jake and Elwood Blues on the Walsh siblings. While the band takes its name from a Sonny Boy Williamson song, the style of its best-known songs is predominantly influenced by the jump blues of artists like Louis Jordan, Charles Brown and T-Bone Walker. In its prime—roughly 1973-82—Downchild had several hit recordings, managing to break out of the blues genre into the mainstream of Canadian rock. Despite losing several key members, including Richard Walsh, his replacement Tony Flaim and pianist Jane Vasey, Downchild has continued to be a stalwart of the Canadian concert scene, and the popularity of the Blues Brothers films have elevated Donnie Walsh and his band to legendary status among blues fans.