Jimmy Bowskill

Jimmy Bowskill


Born in 1990, performing professionally since 2001. 3 highly acclaimed CDs. '05 JUNO nomination for Blues Album Of The Year, '04 and '05 Canadian Indie Award, '04 Canadian Maple Blues Award... International touring, big audiences. Powerful voice, very energetic, stage presence. Original material.


Jimmy Bowskill
(Sept. 16, 1990)
Guitarist / Singer / Songwriter

2005 JUNO nominee for Best Blues Album
2005 & 2004 Canadian Indie Award for Favourite Blues Artist
2004 Maple Blues Award for Best New Artist
2004 CBC Rising Star Award

Jimmy was discovered playing guitar in front of Jeff Healey's Club in Toronto at the age of 11, and was invited to the stage that night for the first time by Healey.

He went on to record his 1st CD shortly after, strongly supported by the Toronto Blues community. His second release a year later got the nod for a Juno nomination. The third one was just recently released. It was produced by Jimmy himself and well known producer Peter Prilesnik (Big Sugar, Sara Harmer, Ashley Mc Isaak, Great Big Sea, etc.).

Jimmy has had the privilege of opening and sharing the stage with such legends as Jeff Healey, Johnny Winter, Garth Hudson, Tommy Castro, Dickey Betts, ZZ Top, Deep Purple, April Wine to name just a few. ZZ’s Billy Gibbons took special interest and invited Jimmy to join him for lunch after catching his performance… an honour Jimmy will never forget.
He has performed as a headliner at many major festivals worldwide such as The Montreal International Jazz Festival, The Mont Tremblant Blues Festival, Toronto's Downtown Jazz Festival, France's Blues Sur Seine Festival, Ukraine's Koktebel International Jazz Festival, Mexico's Puerto Escondido Blues festival, The World EXPO in Japan, and many others.

So, how does he sound?

- "And what Jimmy Bowskill , a 17- year old young guitarist, delivered was sensational.

At the beginning the crowd simply was shaking their heads in disbelief, looking at him with their jaws dropped .
During the concert it became pretty clear that here was someone who acted emotionally and dynamically already well over the level for example
the Bonamassa or Katon operated.

After the concert everyone knew that they have experienced something completely special.
Much good fortune, Jimmy, and thank you! We will meet you again very gladly!" - Live in Reitwine, GERMANY. Nov 18/07

- 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 International Jazz Festival, UKRAINE

- You did your country proud!!! – Rene Leblanc, Canadian Pavilion, World Exposition, JAPAN

- "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

- “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

- “Jimmy is the best natural singer I've ever heard" -Colin James.











Jimmy Bowskill – 2007, Jimmy Bowskill

Soap Bars & Dog Ears – 2004, Jimmy Bowskill

Old Soul – 2003, Jimmy Bowskill

Set List

A show normally consists of 2 x 45 to 60 min. sets.
Set list is mostly based on the material from the 2nd and 3rd CDs, and varies according to audiences and show types.

Diamond Ring
Rattle Snake Shake
Drifting Haze
Far From Reality
Black Sea Star
The Kara-Dag
Sittin’ On Top Of The World
Give Me Back My Wig
Be Mine
Broke Down Engine
I Ain’t Superstitious
Rolling Stone
The Truth
Skinny Like Six O’Clock
Link Into Your Chain
Little Baby
3 O’Clock