Costa Rica Blues Festival

Blues Fest Performers
Donnie Walsh "Mr Downchild" & the Leatherbacks
Leatherbacks

Donnie Walsh "Mr Downchild" has been called the 'father of Canadian blues' and with good reason. He is a blues pioneer on the Canadian scene. It was Walsh who paid the highest dues so that later Canadian blues acts, such as the Jeff Healey Band, the Colin James Band, the Powder Blues, Sue Foley, The Sidemen and The Highliners could also enjoy their success. The Canadian blues scene, which has blossomed nicely in the last few years, was relatively barren in the late 1960s when The Downchild Blues Band first started out. The Downchild Blues Band was formed in Toronto in the year 1969 and continues to perform today. It was co-founded by two brothers, Donnie ("Mr. Downchild") Walsh and Richard ("Hock") Walsh. Comedian Dan Aykroyd, developed the Blues Brothers based on what he had seen in the Walsh brothers. Aykroyd modeled Elwood Blues on Donnie Walsh, while John Belushi's Jake Blues character was modeled on Hock Walsh

Inductee: Canadian Blues Museum Hall of Fame Induction 'Mr. Downchild" 2010

The Leatherbacks were formed in 1997 by American guitarist - vocalist Nick D’Amico in the Costa Rican beach town of Tamarindo. Since their inception they have steadily gained a reputation as one of the best rock n’ roll bands in the country.

Fueled by their intense passion for playing (and maybe a couple shots of tequila), they’ve become well known for their exciting improvisational skills, seamlessly pulling off crowd pleasing spontaneous jams within the framework of their classic rock, funk, blues and reggae set list.

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