If you are looking for the official Bio, because you need it for an article or a festival bio or such, it is over in the right hand column.

Officially, but very informally…

My abiding passion is
A few years ago i went to my high school reunion. I wasn’t feeling a lot of terror about it. I am successful musician. I have Juno awards and nominations, I felt, as an alumni, I had done my alma mater proud.
I bumped into someone I hadn’t seen since graduation. I knew that she was respected in her field, well travelled, successful. I asked what she had been doing since high school and she ran down the list of degrees and foreign postings and the like. She asked what I had been up to. I gave the condensed version. I was a writer and performer, I sang, played guitar. She nodded slowly up and down… “So, you are still doing what you were doing, when you were a teenager then?” Well, I guess, ya…sorta. I’m not playing as many stairwells now as I did back then, but it’s still pretty fun.

She made it sound like I was in a rut.
So just in case you think that all I do is play and sing…

Since 2011, I’ve been the Artistic director of the Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival in Owen Sound, Ontario. The job has given me a new passion for programming . I have to book the artists and program  6 daytime and two nighttime stages. The walls of my office end up looking like this:

I was born in Calgary but have lived in Toronto, Winnipeg and now, a charming little town called Perth in Eastern Ontario. I’m trying to say at home more these days, as I have a couple of boys at home, aged 6 and 10. I want to spend as much time with them as I can before I become the enemy.

If you know my music, you know that I love history. I studied at the University of Calgary, though I never actually completed my degree. I concentrated on the history of science, under the tutelage of the dear, departed Dr. Margaret Osler and was influenced and inspired by Dr Shel Silverman - one of the great storytellers of our time.

While I read a lot of history on a lot of different topics, my areas of specialty remain science and World War One, especially the battle of the frontiers, 1st Marne and Verdun.

  • I prefer Irish to Scotch, but never developed the drinking gene so I am good for about 1 shot on any given day.
  • I am omniverous. My favourite meal is breakfast. Followed by lunch and then dinner.
  • I’m more comfortable on the plains than in the mountains.
  • I once met Harry Belafonte in an elevator in Saskatoon.
  • I am a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. I was added to the college on the same year as Margaret Atwood and had the pleasure of singing her a song on her birthday athlete annual fellows dinner.

I’ll add more factoids as time goes on, or feel free to lob a question my way.

cheers
James

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Solidarity Forever Concert Mayworks Winnipeg

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Almonte Celt Fest with Hugh McMillan and Kelly Hood

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Tønder Festival

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Irish Excursion 2019- September 1-10

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Edinburgh Folk Club with Hugh McMillan

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