Calgary Bluesfest (2007)
"Jimmy Bowskill was on the right side of the stage and Healey was in the middle. It was kind of like seeing Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe getting to play on the same line at once" - The Night Scrawler, The Toronto Sun
Guitarist, singer and songwriter Jimmy Bowskill was just 11 years old when he was dicovered playing out front of Jeff Healey's Club in Toronto. Not only that, he was discovered by no less than Jeff Healey himself, who invited him to the stage that very night for the first time.
Since that time he's performed dozens of major festivals in Canada, Ukraine, Japan and beyond, and made numerous radio and television appearances.
Jimmy recorded his debut CD Old Soul in 2003, and met with strong support from the Toronto Blues community. His second release Soap Bars & Dog Ears, came a year later and got the nod for a Juno nomination. Bowskill is about to release his third as leader, and also acts as producer alongside Peter Prilesnik.
Capturing the attention of fans and musicians alike, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons took special interest and invited Jimmy to join him for lunch after catching his performance… an honour Jimmy will never forget. Bowskill also has the attention of major awards presented, receiving a 2005 Juno nomination for 'Blues Album of the Year', and wins for Canadian Indie Award 'Favourite Blues Artist' (2004, 2005), Canadian Maple Blues Award 'Best New Artist' (2004), CBC 'Galaxie Rising Star Award' (2004), and the DareArts Children For Peace Leadership Award (2004).
So, how does he sound?
- One of the most spectacular performances (at Ukraine’s Koktebel Jazz & Blues Festival) was by the 14-year-old Canadian boy wonder Jimmy Bowskill and his band. The opening chords showed that the boy is not simply a wunderkind but an exceptionally brilliant phenomenon in the world of Blues and Rock. His incredible guitar technique and his strong free-flowing vocal skills, along with his volcanic temperament, blew the audience away. -The Koktebel Resistance, UKRAINE
- You did your country proud!!! – Rene Leblanc, Canadian Pavilion, World Exposition, JAPAN
- “Jimmy is the best natural singer I've ever heard" - Colin James
“This boy has everything it takes. Oh Lord, no kidding, the voice he’s got and the way he plays, he’s already there. I’ve never seen a kid like this sing like this before. That’s the truth!” – Hubert Sumlin
“Jimmy and his band are a powerfully cohesive unit that would be a tough act to follow on any festival stage and one that would have them swinging from the rafters in any blues club down south” – Al Kirkaldy, The Peterborough Examiner