Downchild Blues Band to grace the stage Sunday

Jill Fowler
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TORONTO, Ont. - Donnie "Mr. Downchild" Walsh hasn't been to Truro in more than 20 years.
But the guitar, harpist and only remaining original member of Downchild Blues Band can't wait to be back.
"We'll be flying out of here (Toronto) on Sunday morning and getting to Truro shortly after," said Walsh.
The Toronto native had the opportunity to perform with Dutch Mason, the Canadian blues legend, years ago when his band was playing in Halifax.
"It was at one of the universities up there," he said. "He was wonderful, and funny, really funny, just hilarious. He was always up and humorous and he played blues and he was great at that. He was a treat to be with."
Walsh jumped at the opportunity to perform at this year's Dutch Mason Blues Festival in Bible Hill.
"It's exciting. We were supposed to come the year before but something had been booked ahead, but oh, this is exciting," he added
On Sunday, band members Chuck Jackson, Michael Fonfara, Par Carey, Gary Kendall and Mike Fitzpatrick will join Walsh.
"We just finished recording a new album that hasn't been released yet so we will be playing a few tunes off of that," explained Walsh. "And of course some of our old classics and standards."
Walsh admits that one of the things that excites him most about this weekend is the weather.
"I checked it out the other day and its supposed to be sunny, sunny, sunny. Sunday is one great big blob of gold," he laughed.
As a Canadian group, Walsh is constantly competing against the American blues scene, but the father and grandfather believes the Canadian blues scene is a little more profitable.
"You have a better chance of getting ahead here," he said. "I've seen some clubs down in the U.S. that people play for very small amounts of money."
The musician feels he is fortunate to have been able to play his own music for 40 years and has been able to enjoy every minute of it.
For more information of the Downchild Blues Band visit www.downchild.com.

Geographic location: TORONTO, Halifax, Bible Hill U.S.

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