Saturday, March 24 – 7:30 p.m.
“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 monstrously talented, 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.
He captures in one 4-minute song the devastation and reality of Post Traumatic Combat Disorder, inspired by his service in Afghanistan; the YouTube video has gone viral with over a million views. That’s just one sample of his remarkable writing/performance.
Cormier has 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.
His multiple award nominations include 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 2015 album,The Chance, was nominated for a Juno award in the Traditional Roots Album of the Year category. Cormier has performed at numerous American festivals, and 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.
“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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