Jimmy Bowskill

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Jimmy Bowskill (born 16 September 1990) is a Canadian blues singer, guitarist and bassist based in Toronto, Ontario.

Early life[edit]

Bowskill grew up in Bailieboro, a small village near Peterborough, Ontario,[1] where he learned to play guitar.


Bowskill began performing at a young age, and first played on stage at the age of eleven at Jeff Healey's club in Toronto, Ontario.[2][3] “They wouldn’t let an 11-year-old inside his club, so I started busking on the side- walk outside,” Jimmy recalls in Guitar Player MagazineJeff heard about me, invited me in to play, and I did pretty well. I got a lot of gigs and exposure just from that one night.” [4] Healey's bassist, Alec Fraser, provided studio time for Bowskill, and eventually he signed a deal with Ruf Records. The next year he recorded his first album, Old Soul, and performed on the main stage at the Peterborough Folk Festival.

Bowskill's second album, Soap Bars and Dog Ears, was nominated for a Juno Award when he was fourteen years of age.[5]

In 2005 he was presented with a Maple Blues Award as "Best New Artist of the Year".[2]

In 2010, he toured in Europe with Joe Bonamassa and Jeff Beck.[6] He also performed more locally at the Belleville Blues Festival.[7]

In 2011, he released his first live album, Jimmy Bowskill Band Live, produced by Ruf Records.[8]

In 2012, Bowskill introduced his album Back Number at the Kincardine Lighthouse Blues Festival.[9] The album was recorded at Metalworks Studios in Mississauga, Ontario. He also performed at the Windsor International BluesFest[10] and at the All-Canadian Jazz Festival in Port Hope with the Ganaraska Sheiks.[11]

While on tour in 2009, the Jimmy Bowskill Band included Wayne Deadder on bass and Dan Neill on drums.[12] In 2012, the band members were Ian McKeown on bass and Dan Reiff on drums.[13]

In November 2015, Bowskill joined the Canadian rock band The Sheepdogs playing lead, rhythm and pedal steel guitar.[14][15]

In 2016, Blue Rodeo released their album 1000 Arms, which includes Bowskill playing on two tracks.[16][17]


  • Old Soul [18] (2003)
  • Soap Bars and Dog Ears (2004)
  • Jimmy Bowskill (2007)
  • Jimmy Bowskill Band Live[19][20] (2009)
  • Back Number[21][22] (2012)


  1. ^ Reaney, James. "Age not an issue for Bowskill". CANOE - Jam!. 15 October 2009.
  2. ^ a b "The Jimmy Bowskill Band" Archived 2016-03-01 at the Wayback Machine, CBC Music
  3. ^ Kanavy, Jim. "Featured Blues Review: Jimmy Bowskill Band - Back Number". Blues Blast. 24 August 2012.
  4. ^ Leslie, Barry Cleveland and Jimmy. "Four New Electric Players of Note". GuitarPlayer.com. Retrieved 2019-05-01.
  5. ^ Espinoza, Victoria. "Jimmy Bowskill: Back Number Review". Blues Rock Review, 11 May 2012
  6. ^ Harrison, John. "3 J’s – 3 Different Blues". English Network DE, 21 July 2010.
  7. ^ Miller, Jason. "Belleville blues festival included Juno nominee Jimmy Bowskill". The Whig, 22 March 2010
  8. ^ Davis, Abby K. "The Jimmy Bowskill Band Live". Muzik Reviews, 20 April 2011
  9. ^ Sutter, Sarah. "Kincardine Lighthouse Blues Fest to feature rising blues star".The album was Kincardine News, 19 July 2012.
  10. ^ Durnbeck, Lou. "Bluesfest 2012 – A Review". In Retro Magazine 17 July 2012.
  11. ^ "Port Hope Summer Bandshell Concert Series starts June 18". Northumberland News, Jun 10, 2015
  12. ^ Bass, Dale. "Bowskill has mad skill" Kamloops This Week, 21 May 2009
  13. ^ "John’s Blues Picks". Toronto Blues Society, June 2012'.
  14. ^ "Serious on stage, Sheepdogs Ewan Currie may be pulling your leg when asked 10 questions". London Free Press, March 1, 2016
  15. ^ "The Sheepdogs take the stage at Isaac’s". Brock Press, March 7, 2016
  16. ^ "Blue Rodeo Announce '1000 Arms' Album, Plot Cross-Canada Tour". exclaim.ca.
  17. ^ "Blue Rodeo". Elmore Magazine. 11 November 2016.
  18. ^ Curtis, Joe. "Concert review: Jimmy Bowskill Guest Hosted the Healey’s Thurs. Special Guest Night". Jazz Review.29 January 2011
  19. ^ Feenstra, Pete. " JIMMY BOWSKILL BAND Live RUF 1158 (2010)". Get Ready to Rock
  20. ^ Tucker, Mark S. "FAME Review: Jimmy Bowskill - The Jimmy Bowskill Band Live". Acoustic Music
  21. ^ Ross, Lionel. THE JIMMY BOWSKILL BAND Back Number". Blues in the Northwest, 27 February 2012.
  22. ^ Kempft, Mike. "Jimmy Bowskill / Back Number". Rock Times, 4 January 2012.