DONNIE WALSH named his band from a song by blues singer, songwriter and harmonica player Sonny Boy Williamson; his other early heroes included Elmore James and Muddy Waters. More than 30 years later, Walsh remains one of the most enthusiastic musicians to be found anywhere — on the rare occasions when he’s not fronting a Downchild gig or fishing up north, he can be found sitting in with friends — and he has ’em in dozens of towns and cities throughout Canada and the United States.
Known as "Mr. Downchild" since he started the band, Walsh's fans still argue as to whether he's a better guitarist than he is a harp player — most figure it's a tie — but musicians everywhere give him an A+ mark on both instruments, with special praise for his slide guitar work. Younger players in the tradition cite him as one of their strongest influences. He is also the band’s main songwriter; unlike most bands in the idiom, almost all the material in Downchild’s shows is written by Walsh or singer Chuck Jackson. Off–stage in the summertime — between jazz, blues, and folk festival gigs in Canada and the US — Walsh avoids the crowds by relaxing on his fishing boat.
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.
“We’ve had some great lineups in the past” says Nick, “but this one’s the best”.
Nick is joined by Canadian guitarist-vocalist Brian Burback, who brought his amazing chops to the Leatherbacks in 2005.The bands rhythm section consists of Venezuelan percussionist Roy Fonseca , Costa Ricans Pedro Golobios on bass and Jose Canales on drums, each capable of smoking solos, as well as butt-shakin’ grooves.
Whether covering the classics or performing original material from their latest CD, playing some of the largest venues in the country, private events or rocking the beach towns up and down the coast, The Leatherbacks will pack the house….. then blow the roof off.
Donnie Walsh and the Leatherbacks