JAMES KEELAGHAN – new album

HistoryJAMES KEELAGHAN – Celebrating 25 Years Of Performing

History contains eighteen studio versions of James’ most beloved songs, while on the accompanying DVD we find James in the comfort of his home telling the stories behind the music

The CD booklet contains twenty eight pages of pictures and text from James’ own pen.   

Called Canada’s finest singer songwriter by the respected American journalist and historian Dave Marsh, James Keelaghan is an artist who has proven to be a man for all seasons. As the calendar pages have turned, for a quarter of a century now, this poet laureate of the folk and roots music world has gone about his work with a combination of passion and curiosity. His masterful story telling has, over the course of eleven recordings, have been part of the bedrock of his success, earning Keelaghan nominations and awards – including a Juno and acclaim from Australia to Scandinavia.

Possessed of an insatiable appetite for finding the next unique story line, Keelaghan forges his pieces with brilliant craftsmanship and monogrammed artistic vision, making him one of the most distinctive and readily identifiable voices on both the Canadian and international singer-songwriter scenes.

His songbook has enlightened, enthralled, and been embraced, by audiences around the world. “I’ve always had the urge to write,” says the Calgary native who now calls Perth Ontario home. “Some things weren’t being said in the way I wanted to say them, some things were not being written about at all. That’s why I started to write the historical material. That led me to writing my own personal narratives as well.” .

Admiration and respect for his work amongst his peers is reflected in the words of David Francey who recently stated that “James Keelaghan is a voice in contemporary Canadian songwriting that has helped us define who we are as a people. He writes with great humanity and honesty, with an eye to the past and a vision of the future. He has chronicled his times with powerful and abiding songs, with heart and eyes wide open.”

Terry Wickham, the producer of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, is one of many longtime admirers of Keelaghan’s music, and he sums up the artists appeal by saying, “James has become the complete artist. A brilliant tunesmith who has become one of the most engaging performers of our time. You always know the journey with James is going to be great, you just never know what all the destinations are. That is why the curve on his career continues to rise.”

And these words from James:

 “I think that people who have no regrets have neither imagination or conscience. We can all look back over the arc of a lifetime and see things we might have done better or differently.

Hearts we would not have broken or ethical dilemmas we would have handled with more grace. The trick to not being bitter or overly nostalgic is to not dwell on regret.

Despite any regrets I have been able to spend the last 25 years of my life making the music that I wanted to make. I have known an army of friends who have helped me take that music to far flung bits of the globe. I have performed in the company of some of the most creative awe-inspiring musicians on the planet. I have participated in the creation of organizations focused on the furthering of music. Music is a vocation, not a vacation. I’m looking forward to the next 25 years”

Artist’s website: http://keelaghan.com/

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DVD Excerpt:

JOHN WORT HANNAM – Brambles And Thorns (Borealis Records BCD219)

Getting all of the “Great Lakes” to scan lyrically must have taken some doing but John Wort Hannam proves up to the challenge and displays this on the bright and breezy opening track. It’s the kind of number you can imagine driving along on cedar strewn tree lined routes throughout Canada where he’s now based having journeyed from Jersey in the Channel Islands. This first track has a kind of John Denver ‘feel’ (to me anyway) where his guitar and vocals lead the way backed by his musicians John Ellis (pedal steel guitar, mandolin, piano, melodica and banjo), Scott Duncan (fiddle), Tyson Maiko (bass) and backing singers Brooke Wylie, Matt Robinson, Jen Lane and Leeroy Stagger. The production (also by Stagger) proves a thing of beauty in a laid-back, ‘country’ style. Hannam has a warm timbre to his voice that is just right on his old time waltz “Ain’t Lonesome Enough” and in fact he proves a fine song-writer in general. Also likened to Gordon Lightfoot, James Keelaghan and John Prine (and I can see why) this is music that isn’t too heavy on the maple syrup but none the less proves a sweet treat for those that enjoy their music with a bit of bite.

PETE FYFE

Artist web link: www.johnworthannam.com

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David Francey release his new CD Late Edition

David Francey – from carpenter to songwriter. Since leaving the construction business to record the album Torn Screen Door in 1999, Scottish-born Canadian David Francey is now recognized as one of today’s finest singer-songwriters. Francey’s straightforward songs tell honest stories of real people and real places. Poetic perception and a keen eye for the heart of the matter are trademarks of Francey and his music. His songs and stories are a direct connection for audiences seeking depth and meaning in the day-to-day.

David has released nine CDs to date. His most recent, Late Edition, has garnered much praise receiving two Canadian Folk Music nominations. A three time JUNO award winner David Francey has also had the honour of receiving the prestigious SOCAN Folk Music Award. In the last few years he took home the Grand Prize in both the International Acoustic Music Awards and in the Folk category for the John Lennon Songwriting Awards.

David Francey was born in 1954 in Ayrshire, Scotland where he got his first taste of the working life as a paperboy. At the age of ten he was devouring the newspapers he delivered, establishing a life-long interest in politics and world events while developing the social conscience that forms the backdrop to his songs. David was twelve when he and his family moved to Toronto. His love of the landscape, the history and the people of his adopted country can be traced back to family weekend drives exploring Southern Ontario.

Music played a large part in these family outings. The Franceys sang traditional Scottish tunes as they drove through the Canadian countryside. David’s dad and sister sang melody while David and his mother sang harmonies. David’s attachment to Canada grew with his travels. He hitchhiked across the country three times and then thumbed his way to the Yukon. This attachment surfaces in his songs of rail lines, farms and the St. Lawrence Seaway. His understanding of the people grew as he worked in Toronto train yards, in the Yukon bush and in construction in the Eastern Townships of Quebec.

In concert David Francey is a singer and a storyteller. His wry humour and astute observations combined with his open-hearted singing style have earned him a loyal following. Amongst the many artists who have recorded David Francey songs are The Del McCoury Band, Tracy Grammer, The Rankin Family, James Keelaghan, Raylene Rankin, Harvey Reid,

“David Francey’s songs are lean, whippet-like creations, a bit like the man himself. With not one wasted word or superfluous line he takes the everyday, often mundane business of living and elevates it into something infinitely more noble and memorable, the mark of a truly gifted songwriter.” Eric Bogle

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Artist web link: http://www.davidfrancey.com/index.html