Road To Folk Fest Presents....
LIVE MUSIC + LIVE ART + LIVE AUCTION
an evening with J.P. CORMIER
Friday February 7,
doors 7pm show 8pm
The Grovedale House
103 Park Street, Kingsville
Tickets by phone: 1-800-838-3006
An evening of music with JP CORMER and 6 Arts Society Kingsville artists creating original art throughout the evening. Artwork will be auctioned off at the end of the night.
J.P. Cormier is a true musical genius. At age five, he began teaching himself to play the guitar. At nine, he won his first guitar competition against 30 other players four times his age. By his mid-teens, he was playing a variety of stringed instruments, including the fiddle, mandolin and banjo. He recorded his first album of bluegrass instrumentals at 16, which led to 10 years of living and performing in the United States. His time there included many memorable nights at the Grand Ole Opry with artists such as Waylon Jennings, Marty Stuart, Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Charlie Louvin and Vince Gill.
By the mid-1980s, not out of his teens, he was a sideman for bands and artists of many different genres in Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, and all across the deep south. As he travelled and worked he added more and more instruments to his arsenal of capabilities. He became indispensable to the bands he worked for.
In the early-’90s, he became a sideman for Stompin’ Tom Connors and also became a staple of the recordings at Studio H in Halifax. His work with the CBC there spanned musical, production and arranging duties. All this before he was 20.
In the mid-’90s he re-entered the musical scene of his beloved East Coast and the Island called Cape Breton. He exploded onto the traditional music scene there as a fiddler, performing some of the most difficult music ever produced by legends like Winston Fitzgerald and Angus Chisholm with a facility that stunned onlookers.
In 1997, he released the album Another Morning, which featured him as a songwriter and a lead singer. Some of the performances on that album are literally part of the musical vocabulary today in the East Coast. Songs like the title cut, and Kelly’s Mountain, The Molly May (co-written with his cousin Gervais) and others.
Sixteen albums followed the success of Another Morning, winning 12 more ECMAs, another Juno nomination, a Canadian Folk Music Award and five Music Nova Scotia Awards. Each album was a snapshot of each thing that he can do. There are fiddle albums, Mandolin, Banjo, Guitar, tribute records, songwriting collections, a purely astounding spectrum of talent and musical vision.
His catalogue of recordings and the 150 or so records he’s produced on other artists, resemble the tapestry he weaves in live performance. Where he used to carry three and four-piece bands, he tours alone now. Just him and the instruments.
Next Road to Folk Fest Show : Friday March 27 - Durham County Poets