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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 25, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, October Easy Choice eogram's FIVE STAR CANADIAN RYB WHISKY JOWHt 9EASRAM a SONS.UMTCO WATERLOO. ONTARIO. CANA6A The smooth taste of quality that is unmistakably Seagram's. Seagram's FIVE STAR Canada's largest-selling rye whisky. Blended and bottled by Joseph E. Seagram Sons, Ltd., Waterloo, Ont. Captain pilots trains Air Canada captain Robert Yorke not only pilots a 747 pas- senger jet between Canada and Europe, he takes over the controls of old fashioned steam trains. This second activity is a hobby he en- joys with members of an Ontario club devoted to reliving the glory and excitement of yesteryear's railroading. The amateur engineers are shown in a television special on transportation Getting A- round to be telecast Oct. 28 on CTV stations Pickering pigs and Toronto nightclubs White blues band 'the real thing' Introducing the 1974 Volkswagen. By IAIN MacLEOD TORONTO (CP) Donnie Walsh has a collection of pigs and harmonicas. They play integral parts in his life. Most days. Donnie can be found in a rural setting near Pickering looking after his pigs. He's been rearing pigs for more than a year and now has a herd of more than 150. At night, he heads for nearby Toronto with his col- lection of more than a dozen harmonicas to play with Downchild. the country's top blues band. It may sound a strange com- bination, but Donnie Walsh and Downchild are far from ordinary. Downchild is. and has been for the last four years, one of the few bands in'Canada spe- cializing in the Chicago blues. music attributed almost whol- ly to black singers and musicians. Furthermore Downchild is an all-white band playing what many blues critics" con- sider. the Veal thing Achiev- ing that magic sound hasn't been easy, even more so achieving success in the blues rnusic market band, its appearances go fur- ther than simply providing music to sit back to and en- joy. Centrepiece of the band is Donnie's brother Rick, affec- tionately known as The Hock. Everything momentarily comes to a standstill when The Hock takes to the stage, leans his huge frame over the microphone and starts singing the blues as well as many of his black contemporaries Behind him, Donnie is ei- blowing his harp or play- inS blues guitar. Then there's Dave Woodward and Nat Abrahams on saxophones, electric pianist Jane Vasey, drummer Cash Wall and ba's- sist tjim Milne providing Downchild's well developed blues sound. Between numbers. The Hock towers in front of his audience and announces that the band has two on the market and that anyone asnl bought tnem botn yet had better do so or else- While other car makers are busy taking the wraps off their new model cars, Volkswagen has gone one step further and changed the wraps. From the minute you drive away in your '74 Volkswagen, you're covered by our Owner's Security Blanket with Electronic Analysis. It's not just a warranty. It's a commitment to our owners long after they've signed on the dot- ted line. We like to think of it as total transporta- tion because you deserve a car you can count on 365 days a year. And we believe that you shouldn't have to keep on paying just to get what you deserve. Nobody in the car business has any plan like it. Nobody seems to care enough. Or do enough. Except Volkswagen. If you take a little time to read this, you'll find out how a Volkswagen owner gets the most ad- vanced new car coverage plan in the world free. Our 12 mfe guarantee. Most car owners drive about miles during the first year. So what earthly good is a mile guarantee? Volkswagen's coverage is for miles-most car companies don't come near that. This is our guarantee, in plain English: ___ "If you maintain and serv- ice, your 1974 Volkswagen as prescribed in the Volkswagen Maintenance Schedule, any factory parts found to be defective in material or workmanship within 12 months or miles, whichever comes first (except filters, fluids and will be repaired or replaced free of charge by any Canadian or U.S. dealer." We guarantee against more than just defective parts. Volkswagen's Owner's Security Bla.nket goes far beyond just guaranteeing against defects. Most car companies won't replace a windshield wiper if it wears out We will. They won't replace a iightbulb We will. Take things like brake pads and linings. As long as you have them adjusted when your Maintenance Schedule says so, we'll replace them free if they wear out. Same thing goes for clutch, linings and batteries. And spark plugs and points? We change them free at miles and we II honourthatno matter how long it takes you to go that distance.This is unheard of in the auto industry. 24 mfes. We've gone one step further with the insides of our engine and transmission. We guarantee' them for two years or miles, which- ever comes first. Of course we don't cover defects caused by lack of maintenance or abuse. guarantee our repairs. When you're running out of warranty you're still not out of luck. We'll make the repair and guarantee the parts and workmanship for an additional 6 months or miles. If the repair takes we'll lend you a car. Moving right along, we're committed to keep moving. So if you're a qualified owner and you find that a warranty repair is going to take overnight, we'll lend you a free car by ap- pointment, for as long as the repair takes. (And we haven't forgotten owners of older VWs. If your car needs a repair and you need a car, we'll rent you one at a nominal price.) Express care. How many tirnes have you heard of wait- ing two weeks before you can get a headlight fixed? Mot at Volkswagen. With Express Care if we can fix something in less than 30 minutes, we II do it while you wait. And you dorvt have to make any appointment for these little repairs. Free Electronic check-ups. Electronic Analysis can spot things thateven a master mechanic might not see. So we can fix these things while you're still covered by our Owner's Security Blanket. We're in this together. We made the car. You own the car. So we're in this together. As long as you maintain your new Volkswagen properly we'll do most of the worrying for you. That's what Volkswagen's Owner's Security Blanket is all about once you're a Volkswagen Owner, we're not going to leave you out in the cold. But after years of hard la- bor in sleazy bars sur- rounded by an often in- ebriated atmosphere Down- child has captured the right sound and. in the process sown the seeds of a successfui future. So. Donnie's days as a swineherd may sadly be numbered as the band's'grow- ing success in Toronto begins to spill over into the rest of Canada. Demand for Down- child is spreading quickly and for the first time in the band's history, these seven musicians are beginning to capture top billings outside their well-trodden haunts Th' i, j The band recently com- pleted four sell-out nights in Winnipeg and now is touring the Maritimes W.der tours are in the pipeline to meet de- and in the United States. But while this marks what many bands would consider a promotion from small bars and clubs to the big-time con- cert hall circuit. Downchild has mixed feelings about the jump. The sophistication of the concert hall lacks the close- ness and friendliness of the small venue, two advantages which Downchild uses to the full. "We're a get-up-and-dance nothing we'd rather see in front of us than a jammed dance-floor." Indeed, working as they do floors almost "always8 entTup throbbing with slightly drunk bodies. It's all part of Down- D r ut li.s thf Powerful, soul- u muslc and not Kick's mock threats that have made both' and Straight Surprisingly. Bootleg was recorded amid the surroundings of abasement parking lot using a two-track tape recorder. Even the SOUnd is Clear and bluesy and comes over in Perfect stereo. In many ways, that basement was the ideal setting for Downchild's taping of the blues- %nnif. said- Muddy Waters, the old mas- te r the blues- did his best stuff one track- tne that matters- not the " tracks have in the studl0' A blues guitarist once said you can't lose if you play the blues. Downchild has long been convinced of this and now Donnie is beginning to believe that you might bl-v be able win Downchild is living up to ex- pectations. Early in its ca- reer. a noted blues musician played a 20-minute set with the band and announced "They're a good little band. Five more years in the bars and they'll be killers." That l ue Stockpiled raiders OTTAWA (CP) About 5.- 000 pounds of whalebones have h 1 w K th ho with their audience, Donnie feels. We play fine at concerts." Jmllr 5ut alhwnc smaller places. Wrhl'e nr of a top concert near Spence Bay, N.W.T., to prcvcnt Kskimo carvers from Lid ing and damaging The whalebones, carefully excavated last summer by professional workers, will S11PP'.V 100 odd Eskimo hone carvers in the region this winter. ;