Blues le­gends set to give one-of-a-kind show

Northumberland Today - - SCENE AND HEARD -

COBOURG — Mark your cal­en­dars for Satur­day Sept. 23 at the Cobourg Le­gion on Orr Street.

At 8 p.m., Jimmy Bowskill and Car­los del Junco will play a solid col­lec­tion of blues num­bers. Tick­ets are $30 (HST in­cluded), and can be pur­chased from Zap Records on King Street, Cobourg, My Sis­ter’s Closet On John Street in Port Hope or by email­ing bryan. mar­jo­ram.23@gmail.com.

Did you ever won­der, “What hap­pened to that ex­tra­or­di­nary gui­tar-play­ing blues pro­tege from Bail­lieboro?” Many have heard the story about Jimmy Bowskill busk­ing in front of Jeff Healey’s Bar and how he got in­vited to per­form inside. He was 11!

Right then and there, Jimmy was des­tined to have a ca­reer in mu­sic. Through hard work and long tours, Jimmy has con­tin­ued to prove the mu­sic in­dus­try right. They had dis­cov­ered a won­der kid.

Three years later he re­leased his sec­ond CD, Soap Bars and Dog Ears. It was nom­i­nated for a Juno. By then he was 14, and the youngest per­son ever to be nom­i­nated at that age! He also won a Maple Blues Award for Best New Artist Of The Year.

Five years later, he was in Ger­many play­ing with Jeff Beck and Joe Bona­massa and billed as the Three J’s. Bowskill was in good com­pany with th­ese two heavy­weights of the gui­tar world — his stock and pop­u­lar­ity in­creased ten­fold.

Bowskill joined the Sheep­dogs in late 2015, and he’s proven to be an elec­tri­fy­ing per­former, play­ing lead, rhythm and pedal steel gui­tar. Any­one who at­tended The Sheep­dogs’ out­door show at the Fes­ti­val Of Lights saw Jimmy per­form at break-neck speed dur­ing his solo licks.

Not one to re­lax, he also joined Blue Rodeo 1000 Arms Tour, and has been split­ting his time be­tween the two bands’ busy tour­ing sched­ules this past sum­mer.

With five CDs un­der his belt, Jim then part­nered up with har­mon­ica vir­tu­oso Car­los del Junco, and they pro­duced BLUES ETC... which has been a hit since it de­buted in May 2016.

Twice Juno-nom­i­nated, del Junco has es­tab­lished him­self as one of the great­est har­mon­ica mas­ters ever to set foot on stage. It seems that he has been play­ing non-stop since his first ap­pear­ance on stage with his math teacher in high school. His per­for­mances are mes­mer­iz­ing as he slides up and down the har­mon­ica hit­ting notes with pre­ci­sion and fir­ing on all cylin­ders. At times, you’d al­most think he’s play­ing a mul­ti­tude of in­stru­ments rather than just a sin­gle harp.

Highly touted and rec­og­nized as Canada’s premier harpist, del Junco has won the Maple Blues Award for best har­mon­ica player in all of Canada eight times. His dom­i­nance on the har­mon­ica was also ev­i­dent, when he com­peted in the 1993 Hohner World Cham­pi­onship in Ger­many and walked away with two gold medals in both di­a­tonic blues and di­a­tonic jazz.

One re­view stated, “del Junco is an ac­tual ace who com­poses in­tri­cate parts and so­los, and knows sev­eral tech­niques that al­low him to play all the notes in what­ever key, in­stead of the few usu­ally avail­able on the tiny in­stru­ment.” He has toured across Canada many times, in­clud­ing US and Euro­pean shows, over the last 20 years.

And be­cause of Jimmy’s busy tour­ing sched­ule, the Sept. 23 con­cert at the Cobourg Le­gion will be Jim’s and Car­los’s only lo­cal show to­gether in the Peter­bor­oughPort Hope-Cobourg area this year be­fore Bowskill con­tin­ues tour­ing with the Sheep­dogs, and del Junco is head­ing to Europe for a tour in Novem­ber. Not to be missed! — Bryan Mar­jo­ram

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Har­mon­ica leg­end Car­los del Junco and gui­tar leg­end Jimmy Bowskill give a one-of-a-kind show Sept. 23 in Cobourg.

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