John Wort Hannam is a Canadian singer songwriter from Fort Macleod, Alberta.
Born in the Channel Islands and raised in Alberta, John earned a degree in Native American Studies and taught on a reserve for five years. Since leaving his teaching post for music in 2002 he’s been nominated for a Juno, three Western Canadian Music Awards, a North American Folk Alliance Award, and three Canadian Folk Music Awards – winning Contemporary Album of the Year in 2010.
John is well known for his story telling through music. Themes which are central to his music include life in Western Canada, and the human experience as seen through the eyes of simple working folk.
He has performed at music festivals in Canada, the United States, Great Britain and Australia and he appeared at the 2006 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C.
In addition to singing, John plays guitar, tenor guitar and harmonica.
It’s a long, hard road – figuratively and literally – from being a school teacher on a southern Alberta First Nation’s reserve to a Juno-nominated roots music career with performances at The Kennedy Centre, The Smithsonian, and Trafalgar Square, but he wouldn’t trade the journey for the world.
Born in St Helier on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands and raised in Southern Alberta, John earned degrees in Native American Studies and Native Education and taught Grade Nine on reserve for five years. He decided he wanted to pursue a career in music after hearing Loudon Wainwright III in 1997.
Now a prize-winning songwriter and performer touring internationally, John Wort Hannam is known for his unique take on the simple day-to-day dramas of common folk through songs that map the landscapes of both the human heart and the vast landscape of Canada.
With a keen eye for the quirky and lyrics that create stories behind the songs, this born storyteller shares the personal and the profound.
Thriving on live performance, John Wort Hannam is truly happy when he is on the road playing and connecting personally with an audience.
Since leaving his teaching job, he’s released five albums, performed with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and written official song for the 2011 Alberta Winter Games.
He won the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Award in 2007. He’s been nominated for three Western Canadian Music Awards, a North American Folk Alliance Award, and three Canadian Folk Music Awards – winning the Contemporary Album of the Year in 2010. He also earned a 2010 Juno nod for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year Solo, and he has won the Grand Prize in the Calgary Folk Festival Song Competition on three separate occasions.
“People are starting to sit up and notice this singer-songwriter in his appearances from Montreal to Australia.” — Edmonton Folk Festival
Artist’s website: www.johnworthannam.com
‘Requiem For A Small Town’ – live:
Tour Dates – July 2017
Tuesday 11. The Hoy at Anchor Folk Club The Royal British Legion, 7/9 Northview Drive, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9NG
Tel. 01702 715111 Tickets £7.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday 12. Biddulph Up In Arms 171 Congleton Rd, Biddulph, Stoke-on-Trent ST8 6QJ
Tel. 01782 523277 Tickets £10/12 – Doors 7:30 p.m.
Thursday 13. The Running Horse 16 Alfreton Road, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG7 3NG
Tel. 07770 226 926 Doors 7:30 p.m.
Friday 14. Kalamazoo Klub The Kings Head, 2 Crouch Hill, London N8 8AA
Tel. 0208 340 1028 Tickets £10 – Doors 7:30 p.m.
Saturday 15. House Concert – Lichfield, Staffordshire, W Midlands Connelly Concerts – Tickets via firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 16. Chapel Arts Centre Lower Borough Walls, Bath, Somerset BA1 1QR
Tel. 01225 461700 Tickets £10.00 — Doors 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday 18. Leith Folk Club Victoria Park House Hotel, 221 Ferry Road, Edinburgh, Scotland EH6 4NN
Tel. 07833 135399 Tickets £ 8.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Friday 21. The Victory Hall (A828) Benderloch, Oban, Scotland PA37 1RZ
Tel. 01631 720498 Tickets £12.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Saturday 22. Transclyde Music Craigmore Bowling Club, Grosvenor Rd, Rothesay, Isle of Bute, Scotland PA20 9LE
Tel. 01700 502287 Tickets £10.00 — Doors 7:15 p.m.