Jimmy Bowskill Band
At 20 years of age Jimmy Bowskill has already been recognized nationally as a multi award winning artist proving that a young man can indeed play the blues. Bowskill has been blowing audiences away worldwide; from the Ukraine to Japan he’s left them begging for more and doing his country proud! This young Canadian is a triple threat. He’s a guitarist of power and finesse, a soulful and supple-singer, and a compelling songwriter. “My philosophy is that blues is based around the soul and how you are feeling at the time and if you believe in what you’re doing, and put in as much soul as you can, then it will come across.” The entire Canadian blues community was quick to realize Jimmy Bowskill was the real deal. The cast list of those contributing to his debut album, Old Soul, reads like a Who’s Who of Canadian blues players, with the likes of Jack de Keyzer, Danny Marks, Downchild’s Pat Carey,Chuck Jackson and Donnie Walsh, Jerome Godboo and Jeff Healey himself all eager to lend their talents.
Jimmy Bowskill burst onto the scene on B.B. King’s birthday of all times. They not only share the same birth date, but also the same laidback kindness, generosity, humbleness and respect for the music they play and the musicians who share the stage. Inspired by the late, great Robert Johnson, he taught himself to play and sing by interpreting by sight and sound but in his own natural style. At the tender age of 11, Bowskill was invited to join Jeff Healey onstage and has since become an international enigma. He has been selling out theatres, touring internationally and gaining a wide fan base.
He has performed at many major festivals worldwide such as The Montreal International Jazz Festival, The Mont Tremblant Blues Festival, France’s Blues Sur Seine and Bay Car Festivals, Ukraine’s Koktebel Festival, Toronto’s Downtown Jazz Festival, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton and many more, including representing Canada at the World Exposition in Japan.
Over the last few years, Jimmy has had the privilege of opening and sharing the stage with such legends as Dickey Betts, ZZ Top, Jeff Healey, Garth Hudson, Deep Purple, Paul Rodgers and Jeff Beck.