J.P. Cormier

Saturday, April 06, 2019

“From the deeply rooted Celtic traditions of Cape Breton to the rapid fire guitar work of Chet Atkins and Doc Watson. Cormier sings the songs in a mellow baritone and frames them with virtuosic playing on a bevy of instruments, including fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, and piano”  – ACOUSTIC GUITAR

Prolific, multi-talented and charming onstage, Canadian bluegrass/folk/Celtic singer-songwriter and virtuoso instrumentalist J P (Jean Paul) Cormier from age 16 has released over a dozen albums. He plays 6- and 12-string guitar, dobro, piano, fiddle, upright bass, banjo, mandolin, drums, percussion, synthesizer and cello, and he plays each one frighteningly well.

Notable: he captures in one notable 4-minute original song the devastation and reality of Post Traumatic Combat Disorder, inspired by a visit to Afghanistan. The YouTube video went viral with over a million views, and it’s become an anthem for veteran’s groups.

By the mid-‘80s, not out of his teens but with a hunger for the Blues, Cormier headed (far) south, and quickly became 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, becoming indispensable to bands with whom he played. He appeared at U.S. festivals and at the Grand Old Opry with Waylon Jennings, Marty Stuart, Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe and many others. He’s also worked with Kitty Wells, Travis Tritt and Vince Gill. All this, mind you, before he was out of his ‘20s.

Back home in Canada, he’s earned multiple awards including 13 East Coast Music Awards, Canadian Folk Music Award, five Music Nova Scotia Awards, Juno nominations, commendations from the Governor General of Canada and Premier of Nova Scotia.

His influential 2015 album,The Chance, was nominated for a Juno award in the Traditional Roots Album of the Year category.  Besides his appearances at numerous American festivals, he has played at Celtic Colours Festival in Cape Breton every year since the Festival started in 1997. In 2005, Bravo! network aired “J.P. Cormier – The Man and His Music,” a one-hour documentary.

Accolades aside – and there are many from people like Chet Atkins, Marty Stuart, Waylon Jennings, Gordon Lightfoot – JP sees himself as just a performer. He’s shy, but has a razor sharp wit and lightning sense of humour. He can be reserved or edgy to the point no return. He speaks for soldiers, first responders, other artists, the forgotten and lost. He speaks sometimes only for himself and refuses rebuttal.

Cormier brings his remarkable talents live to our stage. Join us for a one-of-a-kind night, with an authentically dazzling performer! 

“A major Canadian talent…sounds and stories of J.P.’s Cape Breton roots….a singer and songwriter of great depth and vision”  – – AMAZON

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