Jimmy and the Sleepers shake up Pavan Park for Lethbridge Folk Club


Nobody could fall sleep with Jimmy and The Sleepers.  I caught the second set of Edmonton blues rock band Jimmy and the Sleepers at a special afternoon Lethbridge Folk Club show in Pavan Park, Saturday, July 23.

Jimmy and the sleepers playing for the Lethbridge Folk Club at Pavan park, July 23. Photo By RichardAmery

 They played a high energy, tight set of mostly original  blues music. I missed Reid and Writes opening set.

Edmonton bluesman Jimmy Guiboche  brought the new line up of his band including long time bassist Chris Brzezicki , Calgary harp player Ethan “Shorty” Askey, vocalist Jared Sowan and drummer Bill Hobson.

Guiboche opened the set with an original  instrumental “ Cricket Boogie” before welcoming soulful singer Jared Sowan to  take a seat on stage and belt out upbeat, mostly original toe tapping blues from the band’s most recent CD “All That Money.”


Sowan started his portion of the show by belting out the title track of the album and dancing in his chair while a handful of people took refuge in the shade while a few others relaxed in the sun. He sounded like a blend of Shinyribs and Dr. John.

Guiboch played some  sweet slide guitar and danced into the audience and into the beer gardens in the shade next to the stage.


 They slowed things down for  “God Only Knows.”


As Guiboch switched guitars from his Telecaster to a battered Harmony, Askey gave  a shout out to local singer songwriter Dave McCann.


They played a fantastic, high energy set  fullof hot harp playing, smoking. Guitar and were the perfect soundtrack to a sweltering summer afternoon.


 Up next, The Lethbridge Folk Club  hosts the Lethbridge Roots and Blues Festival Saturday, Aug. 20 at Legacy Park featuring  John Wort Hannam, Ryland Moranz , Brayden Gates, Makiisma, Bryan Bradfield, Papa King   and Karen Romanchuk plus workshops with Magnolia Buckskin, Bryan Bradfield, Karen Romanchuk and Reid Seibert.

 Admission is free. The music begins at noon.

— By Richard Amery, l.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 July 2022 18:07 )