Downchild Blues Band

Genres: Blues
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Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Toronto, Canada, the Downchild Blues Band is surpassed only by Rush in terms of name recognition within that city’s musical firmament - and the Downchild Blues Band can boast of even greater longevity. Led by former pig farmer Donnie Walsh (harp, guitar), the group adopted their name from Sonny Boy Williamson’s recording ‘Mr Downchild’, when they formed in June 1969. The original participants were Donnie Walsh on guitar, brother Rick Walsh on vocals and Jim Mine on bass. Their inspiration came from seeing Muddy Waters play live on stage. Their first sets were ‘pass-the-hat’ affairs at the Grossman Tavern on Spadina Avenue in Toronto. The membership has remained fluid, with the roll-call of frontmen including Tony Flaim, John Witner and current incumbent Chuck Jackson. The present line-up also includes Mike Fonfara (keyboards), Jim Casson (drums), Gary Kendall (bass) and Pat Carey (saxophone). Estimates at the actual number of...

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