|Jimmy Bowskill just seems to fit the script
of a modern day artist destined to play the blues. He burst onto the scene
on B.B.King's birthday of all times, a brand new B. B.Kid!! Inspired by
the late, great Robert Johnson, Jimmy taught himself to
play and sing by interpreting by sight and sound but in his own natural
style. At the tender age of 11, Jimmy was invited to join Jeff Healey onstage,
alongside his now mentors and bandmates, Jerome Godboo and Alec Fraser.
Since being discovered in Southern Ontario a whirlwind of activity has
been bestowed on Jimmy. Major festivals, radio and television appearances
including national coverage on CTV's Open Mike with Mike Bullard have all
featured his rise in popularity and blues stardom. Jimmy has been broadening
his musical boundaries to Quebec, where much media exposure has taken place.
Playing in front of 5000 concert-goers chanting "Jimmy!" "Jimmy!" has solidified
a whole new legion of loyal fans. Jimmy Bowskill has become the toast of
the Belle Province.
So, how does he sound?
Jimmy Bowskill may not see himself as a child prodigy,
but when you are under the age of 13 a child you still are. However it
is immediately abundantly clear after witnessing his live appearances that
somehow an old soul thrives in this captivating young man's child body.
Jimmy is not your typical kid for onstage he is nattily attired as an old
blues artist and the image fits him so comfortably in his threads. His
savvy style commands your attention but his genuine true self engulfs you
as he makes friends with his audience. He has confidence and stage presence
way beyone his tender years and it seems an old bluesman's lifetime of
performing skills in his bag of tools.
True to the timeless Delta Bluesmen of the past there
is a deliberate low-tech aspect of Jimmy's sound. His inner voice must
be of an old-field song on a dusty, scratched 78 recording. You wonder
while cast under his spell where someone so young can feel the blues so
deep. His soul is not mimicked as he reels back, squints and grimaces as
his voice covers the dynamic range of a blues holler back to a gentled
vibrato whisper all in a moment so effortlessly. The boy has a genuine
mojo soul going on deep inside that is just begging to esscape. Jimmy is
a very advanced and relaxed traditional acoustic blues guitar player. He
has had stellar teachers along his way including sought after professionals
such as Rick Fines and more recently Juno award winner, Jack deKeyzer.
Not a stranger to other instruments, Jimmy also plays harmonica, penny
whistle and has even tackled a Hammond B3 organ while on stage.
Jimmy Bowskills future is bright with intense shades of
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