“Flip Flop And Fly… Forty Years of the Downchild Blues Band” A feature documentary with Dan Aykroyd and Paul Shaffer November 22, 2010Posted by David W. King in Blues, Blues Documentary, Canada Blues.
Tags: Dan Aykroyd, David W. King, Donnie “Mr. Downchild” Walsh, Downchild Blues Band, Flip Flop and Fly, HBO Canada, Paul Shaffer, Richard “Hock” Walsh
Premiering on HBO Canada and TMN across Canada Saturday December 4th, 6:25 PM EST
Flip Flop and Fly is a live concert/documentary that celebrates the 40 year career of Donnie “Mr. Downchild” Walsh and the legendary Downchild Blues Band. Downchild has had a huge impact on Canadian and American musical culture but to-date, this impact has been overlooked by pop culture historians. “Flip Flop and Fly” will right that wrong!
In the late 60’s Donnie Walsh and his brother Richard “Hock” Walsh imported blues music from the United States to Canada and introduced Canadians to this passionate and infectious music.
Forty years, 19 albums, countless live performances and numerous awards later, Downchild remains the top live blues band in Canada, regularly selling out concerts throughout the country and around the world. Their influence on a whole new generation of young Canadian musicians cannot be overstated: Jeff Healey, Colin James, and Amanda Marshall are but a few who were influenced by Donnie’s blues tradition.
In the U.S. his contribution remains timeless: Donnie and his brother, the late Hock Walsh, were the inspiration behind Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi’s iconic film The Blues Brothers.
Says Aykroyd, “There would be no Blues Brothers if it wasn’t for Downchild.” In fact, two Downchild original songs, “I Got Everything I Need (Almost)” and “Shotgun Blues” appear on The Blues Brothers multi-platinum soundtrack “Briefcase Full of Blues.” Donnie and Dan’s longtime friendship is based on mutual respect and their lifelong passion for blues music as both tirelessly continue to spread the word.
Narrated by Aykroyd, Flip Flop and Fly captures “once in a lifetime” live footage of Downchild’s sold out 40th Anniversary performance last fall at Massey Hall in Toronto and tells the story of the band’s incredible journey through interviews with members past and present, archival interviews, vintage film footage and band rarities from inception to present day. Friends, fans, music journalists and musicians all add their memories, providing added perspective on the amazing journey of Downchild. Also included: never-before-seen footage of the late Jeff Healey in performance with Downchild.
Featuring special guests Dan Aykroyd, legendary American bluesman James Cotton, Canada’s own Colin James and Stax recording icon Wayne Jackson of The Memphis Horns, viewers will be treated to all of Downchild’s classic hits, plus some brand new songs from their 2010 Juno-nominated CD “I Need a Hat.” Flip, Flop and Fly is a poignant tribute to one of the greatest bands ever produced in Canada.