December 1, 2004

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Artist: Downchild Blues Band




Donnie Walsh (guitar)
Rick Walsh (vocals)
Bill Bryans (drums)
Tony Flaim (vocals)
Cash Wall (drums)
Wayne Jackson (trumpet)
Jim Milne (bass)
Paul Nixon (drums)
Jane Vasey (piano)
Nat Abraham (sax)
James Warburton (alto sax)
Vic Wilson (baritone)
Dave Woodward (tenor sax)
John Witmer (vocals; replaced Tony Flaim 1982-1986)
Gene Taylor (piano; 1987)
Bob Heslin (trumpet; 1987)
Pat Carey (sax; 1987)
Dennis Pinhorn (bass; 1987)
Marty Vickers (drums; 1987)
Mike McKenna (guitar; 1985)
Craig Kaleal (drums)

Downchild was spawned out of Toronto blues jams at Grossman's Tavern fronted by Donnie Walsh back in 1969. With sidemen - Woodward, Wall, Milne, and brother Rick Walsh - Donnie Walsh chose Sonny Boy Williamson's song 'Downchild Blues' to christen the act.

Classically trained pianist Jane Vasey joined the band in 1973 at the time their most memorable tune "Flip, Flop, And Fly" was becoming a hit. The song would go on to sell 35,000 mainly due to the band's increased grueling touring pace including the New Orleans jazz festival and coast-to-coast appearances across the US and Canada.

Singer Tony Flaim joined in 1975 to give the band it's distinctive rasp.

1978 saw the original, full blown, Downchild split up but Donnie Walsh, brother Rick and Jane Vasey continued on as Mister Downchild. When they finally re-convened, they had shortened their name to simply Downchild.

As a friend of Dan Aykroyd's, Donnie Walsh contributed two songs to the Blues Brothers' 'Briefcase Full Of Blues' album in 1978.

Dave Woodward quit in 1981 and joined Vancouver's Powder Blues Band.

Jane Vasey died of leukemia on July 7, 1982. Walsh, who lived with Vasey at the time, was despondent and turned to running fishing charters in northern Ontario. Downchild was on hiatus so Tony Flaim decided to leave to join a working band - Scuffers Blues Band.

Eventually Walsh was able to write and perform again and re-assembled Downchild with former Whiskey Howl frontman John Witmer and they recorded 'But I'm On The Guest List' live over three nights at Toronto's El Mocambo.

Mike McKenna joined in 1985. A year later Tony Flaim returned to the band for the departing Witmer (who would move to Vancouver and form The Belairs) and drummer Marty Vickers was secured in 1987 as they returned to the studio to record 'It's Been So Long' for their new label - Stony Plain.

McKenna quit to join the Kendall Wall Blues Band in 1988.

Vocalist Flaim left and Rick Walsh stepped back in as he had in the old days as vocalist. A dispute led to Donnie Walsh firing his brother who was replaced by Chuck Jackson in 1990.

In spring 1990 Donnie Walsh was handed the Toronto Blues Society's 'Blues With A Feeling' Award.

Walsh estimates that more than 120 musicians have passed through Downchild since its inception and has made 32 cross-Canada tours all by van.

On New Year's weekend 1999 Richard Walsh died of a heart attack; on March 10, 2000 former vocalist Tony Flaim passed away.




Singles
1973 Flip, Flop And Fly
1974 Flip, Flop And Fly [re-issue] (Special)
1974 I've Got Everything I Need (Almost)
1974 Tell Your Mother (Special)
1975 Goin' Dancin
1976 Old Ma Belle
1980 I've Been A Fool (Attic)
1980 Tryin' to Keep Her 88's Straight/Oh Oh (Attic)
1981 Hey Hey Little Girl/Drivin' Blues (Attic)
1981 Blood Run Hot/Coulda Had All Your Loving (Attic)


Albums
1971 Bootleg (Special)
1973 Straight Up (Special)
1974 Dancin' (Special)
1975 Ready To Go (Special)
1977 So Far (Posterity)
1979 We Deliver (Attic)
1980 Bootleg [re-issue] (RCA)
1980 Road Fever (Attic)
1981 Blood Run Hot (Attic)
1982 Dancin' [re-issue] (Attic)
1982 Straight Up [re-issue](Attic)
1982 But I'm On The Guest List (Attic)
1987 It's Been So Long (Stony Plain/BMG)
1988 We Deliver/Straight Up [2-fer-1 re-issue] (Attic)
1989 Gone Fishing (Stony Plain/WEA)
1994 Good Times Guaranteed (Downchild Music) DMCD-025
1992 Dancin'/Road Fever [2-fer-1 re-issue] (Attic)
1997 Lucky 13 (Downchild Music) DMCD-013
1997 It's Been So Long/Ready To Go [2-fer-1 re-issue] (Stony Plain) SPCD-1242
1998 A Case Of The Blues - The Best Of Downchild (Attic)
2000 A Matter Of Time - The Downchild Collection (Blue Wave - US) CD-141
2003 Body Of Work - The Downchild Collection Volume 2 (Blue Wave - US) CD-144
2004 But I'm On The Guest List [re-issue] (Unidisc) ATM-1151
2004 Blood Run Hot [re-issue] (Unidisc) ATM-1117
2004 Road Fever [re-issue] (Unidisc) ATM-1099
2004 We Deliver [re-issue] (Unidisc) ATM-1085
2004 Straight Up [re-issue] (Unidisc) ATM-1140
2004 Come On In (Downchild Music)

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