By Ken Wallis
Tim Horton’s Southside Shuffle
This is one of those must-attend blues festivals. It’s an amazing three days of incredible blues music in Port Credit, Ontario. It takes place in beautiful Memorial Park, adjacent to the Credit River and near Lake Ontario.
The brainchild of, Chuck Jackson (Downchild’s lead singer) the festival celebrated its 20th Anniversary on September 7, 8, 9th.
It features 4 stages, street music, and clubs around town. One thing for sure, you need to keep moving around to catch your favourite acts, and as Chuck Jackson says “That’s why they call it the Shuffle”
The Shuffle kicked off with Dingo, which got things cookin’ fast and furious.
Then the Burgess Brothers took the stage, or should I say stormed the stage with some great tunes.
Jake Chishom was next on our list, and it had been a while since I’d seen him last, but boy did he look cool with his long hair. (translation – I’m jealous)
Then it was time to catch Judy Brown from Nelson B.C.
We had chatted in an interview and she seemed like a real gem. Not only did her jacket sparkle, but so did she.
And when she picks the team to play with, she goes with the A Team.
Gary Kendall of Downchild and the Mighty Duck Blues Band on bass
Teddy Leonard, formerly of Fathead and soon to join the Erin McCallum Band, on guitar
Jim Casson of the Mighty Duck Blues Band, on drums
Michael Fonfara of Downchild on keys
It was without doubt a super group that delivered tight, grooving music.
Then it was time for a group I couldn’t wait to see – Savoy Brown
Originally from England , this band has been a long lasting favourite of mine. In 1972 I bought the album Hellbound Train, and that song became one of my favourite’s of all time. It took me 46 years, but I finally saw them perform the tune live! I was in blues heaven.
As they say in Tv commercials – wait there’s more!
The Matchedash Parish band featured Lance Anderson and Matt Weidnger
A new group, a new sound, and a smashing success!
And then our final thrill put icing on the blues cake, it was time for Duke Robillard!
There was so much more going on, but my aching bones told me it was time to hit the hay and dream about the blues that was to come in days 2 and 3.
Don’t go far, cause we’ll highlight day 2 soon.