Three of Canada’s best blues artists come together for an incredible combination of classic blues, The Blues Trio. Join Bowskill, Marriner and O’Brien for a show you’ll never forget.
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. “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 Magazine “Jeff 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.” Healey’s bassist, Alec Fraser, provided studio time for Bowskill, and eventually the precocious youngster inked 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.
- In 2005 he was presented with a Maple Blues Award as “Best New Artist of the Year”.
- In November 2015, Bowskill joined the Canadian rock band The Sheepdogs playing lead, rhythm and pedal steel guitar.
- In 2016, Blue Rodeo released their album 1000 Arms, which includes Bowskill playing on two tracks.
Steve Marriner, (born 1984 in Ottawa, Ontario) is a Canadian multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and record producer based in Toronto, Ontario. He first garnered attention in the Ottawa blues scene in his early teens as a prodigy blues harp (harmonica) player. He also plays baritone guitar, electric guitar, piano, Hammond organ, upright bass and electric bass. Since 2008, he has been the frontman, singer, one of two guitarists and harmonica player for the Canadian rock’n’roll-blues group MonkeyJunk. The band’s album To Behold won the 2012 Juno Award for Blues Album of the Year. He’s been soloing, performing, and producing for others.
- 2018 Maple Blues Award, Harmonica Player Of The Year
- 2013 Maple Blues Award, Harmonica player of the year
- 2012 Maple Blues Award, Harmonica player of the year
- 2010 Maple Blues Award, Harmonica player of the year
- 2009 Maple Blues Award, Harmonica player of the year
- 2009 Maple Blues Award, Male vocalist of the year
- 2008 Maple Blues Award, Harmonica player of the year
Jesse O’Brien is the 2021 Maple Blues keyboard player of the year, for his work in the Colin James Band and Lee Harvey Osmond along with Tom Wilson – also appearing on both their recent Juno winning albums and Co-writing the lead single “40 Light Years ” along with Tom and Colin. He is also a Juno winning producer for his work on “This Is From Here” by Harrison Kennedy, other artists Jesse has recorded with include Sass Jordan, Cowboy Junkies, Ian Gillan (Deep Purple) G-Eazy, King Biscuit Boy, Steve Strongman, Fathead, and Banners, appearing on the smash single “Shine A Light”.
Introduced to music by his father Michael O’Brien a singer/guitarist, Jesse got his start performing shows with Ronnie Hawkins and Levon Helm of “The Band” while still a teenager. Subsequent tours with Levon Helm and The Barnburners followed and set Jesse down a musical path that he continues to this day.