For over 25 years Shirley Jackson & her Good Rockin' Daddys have performed their blend of Blues, Jump, and Swing at shows across Canada. Their repertoire features songs written by Shirley Jackson and arranged by the Good Rockin' Daddys, as well as a variety of tunes from and inspired by the era of Big Jay McNeely, Louis Jordan, and Etta James.
The band is comprised of: Shirley Jackson on vocals and tenor saxophone; her son, Jef Wirchenko, on bass; Tom Crilley on guitar; Gary Potts on drums.; Dawn Hatfield on baritone saxophone, and Dave Harrison on trumpet.
“Bold and brassy horns pump for all they're worth. Nimble guitar picking is never a bad thing, and enjoys robust collaboration from a bass/drums team that knows well its lively duty. But it is Shirley's own knowing voice that rides atop, guiding toward a straight-up coolness.”
For 2018 the band was focused on promoting their new CD release 'Things Keep Lookin' Up” by performing at various festivals, theatres, and industry showcases in the Atlantic provinces; and securing a tour in Alberta and British Columbia for the summer.
Past national and international highlights include: The Calgary International Blues Festival (Calgary, AB); the Kitchener Blues, Brews & BBQ (Kitchener-Waterloo, ON); the Maximum Blues Festival (Carleton, QC); the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival (Fredericton, NB) - and a few other adventures performing the Tillotson Center (Colebrook, NH); Poppa Mojo's (Raleigh, NC); and an Election Campaign Party in Los Angeles, California.