A storm’s coming our way.
That’s how Carson Downey replied when asked what Jubilee-goers could expect from his Sunday night performance.
“I love coming there,” the lead singer for the Carson Downey Band says. “This is not my first trip to the Jubilee, and I just love it. I love the fans and when you perform for them they get right into what you’re doing. They really enjoy some hard rock, funk, blues and stuff like that.”
For veteran singer/songwriter Downey who takes his performances “All the Way”, it’s all about the feed and the feel from the audience and the energy he gets from them. “It’s a rush.”
The Carson Downey Band is comprised of three musicians in total – guitarist and lead vocalist Carson, his brother Murray Downey on drums and bassist Marlowe Smith – all from the North Preston area. “We’ve all been in different bands but I put this one together in the late 1980s.”
Over the years, Carson Downey Band has had record deals, hits and has “toured all over the world” – Honolulu, Guam, Tokyo, China, South Korea, Australia. Afghanistan to play for the troops… but there’s no place like home and he also enjoys being back in his home surroundings giving his time and considerable talents to local fundraisers.
For Downey, his music and the band is a full-time gig that he wouldn’t trade for anything.
“I wake up to do this every day. This is what I love to do. I love to play my music. I just love to put smiles on people’s faces, y’know?”
And the band’s blend of blues and rock does just that and has gathered a number of honours over the years, including the Fender East Coast Guitarist of the Year in 2000; a pair of ECMAs in 2001 for Best Blues Group and Best New Artist. That same year, it earned Drummer of the Year and Best New Artist at the Maple Blues Awards and Artist of the Year and Album of the Year at the African Nova Scotian Music Awards. A half-dozen Real Blues Awards followed, including Best Live Act and Best Debut CD. In addition, the band walked off with The Dutch Mason Award, according to allmusic.com.
Fans of the Carson Downey Band will be pumped to hear that the band is currently working on new materials for a new CD. Release date to be determined.