Kitchener-based multi-instrumentalist Dan Walsh, who toured for several years as a member of Fred Eaglesmith’s former backing band The Flying Squirrels, is bringing his trademark beard (and roots/rock music) to the Black Angus Restaurant in St. Marys on Saturday, Jan. 11.
The concert, which begins at 8:30 p.m., is free. For those interested in a dinner and a show, the Black Angus will offer its full dinner menu until 7:30 p.m., but reservations are recommended by calling 519-284-0666.
As a member of The Flying Squirrels, Walsh’s website notes, “he played more than a couple of hundred gigs a year and shared the stage with the likes of Willie Nelson, Willie P. Bennett and the Del McCoury Band.” Now, however, he has decided to place significant focus on his solo instrumental work, and has received acclaim for his efforts.
Exclaim! magazine praised his debut solo recording, Diesel & Smokes, saying the record “paints a vivid sonic picture of the touring life... Walsh’s adeptness at playing multiple instruments on each track...renders the organic sound of the recording all the more remarkable. Music to be listened to while driving alone at night.”
In recent years, Walsh has been touring the country with noted singer-songwriter Brock Zeman and appears on Zeman’s albums (The Bourbon Sessions and Hundred Dollar Difference), which were also produced by Walsh.
Among the instruments mastered by Walsh are a wide range of guitars: dobro, lap steel, electric, baritone and acoustic, among others.
“Walsh is what people sometimes refer to as a ‘musician’s musician’,” says Mark Logan, founder of Busted Flat Records, which released Diesel & Smokes. “He’s so talented and he can play in so many different styles and voices, but he still has his own sound — his own vision and style. Diesel & Smokes is a tribute to his incredible versatility and originality.”
Walsh’s latest CD is entitled Outta The Jam, and it’s the first one on which he also takes up singing. So at the Jan. 11 concert, expect some vocals from the man who, in the past, relied only on his hands to create great music.
A follow-up CD is expected in April, 2014.