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, 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.”
About Hugh McMillan
Multi-instrumentalist Hugh McMillan is a member of the folk rock band Spirit of the West, Hugh is a producer, composer – arranger session musician and audio engineer as well as being a bit of a scientist.
He plays concerts with erstwhile troubadour James Keelaghan and Chilean-Canadian wildcat guitarist Oscar Lopez. He has also collaborated with Sarah McLaughlin, The Town Pants, The Irish Rovers, Cara Luft & Stephen Fearing
Tues 21. Dartford Folk Club, Dartford Working Men’s Club, 40 Essex Rd, Dartford, Essex, DA1 2AU
Tel: 01322 222553 Tickets £8.00 — From 8:00 p.m.
Wed 22. Willows Folk Club, Bryning Fern Lane, Kirkham, Preston, Lancashire PR4 2BQ
Tel: 01772 673744 Tickets £10.00 — From 8:00 p.m.
Thurs 23. Otterton Mill, Mill House, Otterton , Nr Budleigh Salterton, Devon EX9 7HG
Tel: 01395 568521 Tickets £14.00 — From 8:00 p.m.
Fri 24. The Ram Folk Club, Old Cranleighan Sports Club, Portsmouth Road, Thames Ditton, Surrey KT7 0HB
Tel: 0208 686 9421 Tickets £10.00 — From 8:00 p.m.
Mon 27. Stirling Folk Club, Stirling County RFC, Bridgehaugh Park, Stirling, Scotland FK95AP
Tel: 01786 811627 Tickets £9.00 — From 8:00 p.m.
Tues 28. Live at the Star 72A Waterloo Street, Glasgow, Scotland G2 7DA
Tel: 0141 563 0454 Tickets £9.00 — From 8:00 p.m.
Wed 29. Irvine Folk Club, Vineburgh Community Centre in Quarry Road, Irvine, Scotland KA12 0PSTel: 01294 551047 Tickets £8.00 — From 8:00 p.m.
Thurs 30. Bromsgrove Folk Club, 13 Meadow Road, Catshill, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire B61 0JJ Tel: 07828 716842 Tickets £8.00 — From 8:00 p.m.
Fri 31. Cuffern Manor Country House, Roch, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales SA62 6HB Tel: 01437 710071 Tickets £10.00 — From 8:00 p.m.
Sat 1, The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA Tel: 01460 240340 Tickets £12.00 — From 8:00 p.m.
Sun 2. Horsham Folk Club, Normandy Centre, Denne Road, Horsham, W. Sussex RH12 1JF
Tel: 01403 268611 Tickets £7.00 — From 8:00 p.m.
Mon 3. Chesham Folk Club, White Hill, Chesham, Buckinghamshire HP5 1AG Tel: 01494 785593 Tickets £11.00 — From 8:00 p.m.
Tues 4. Cramlington Folk Club, The Clef & Cask, Dewley, Cramlington, Northumberland NE23 6DT Tel: 01670 713583 Tickets £6.00 — From 8:00 p.m.
Wed 5. Spalding Folk Club, South Holland Centre, Market Place, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE11 1SS Tel: 01406 381339 Tickets £6.00 — From 8:00 p.m.
Thurs 6. The Black Swan Folk Club, Peasholme Green, York, Yorkshire YO1 7PR Tel: 01904 632922 Tickets £11.00 — From 8:00 p.m.
Fri 7. Denholm Folk Festival, Denholm Village Hall, Sunnyside, Denholm, Scottish Borders TD9 8LZ
Tel: 01835 830488 Tickets £15.00 — From 8:00 p.m.
Sat 8. Carrying Stream Festival, Pleasance Cabaret Bar, 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9TJ
Tel: 0131 650 2351 Tickets £10.00 — From 8:00 p.m.
Mon 10. Midway Folk Club, Midway Tavern, 263 Newbridge Lane, Stockport, Cheshire SK1 2NX Tel: 01614 804880 Tickets £9.000 — From 8:00 p.m.
Wed 12. Carrington Triangle Folk Club, The Gladstone, 45 Loscoe Road, Carrington, Nottinghamshire NG5 2AW
Tel: 0115 912 9994 Tickets £TBA — From 8:00 p.m.
Thurs 13. Hungry Horse Folk Club, Whitby Sports & Social Club, Chester Road & Dunkrik Lane, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire CH65 6QF Tel: 0151-678-9902 Tickets £9.00 — From 8:00 p.m.
Fri 14. Montrose Folk Club, Links Hotel, John Street, Montrose, Angus, Scotland DD10 8RL Tel: 01674 671000 Tickets £7.50 — From 8:00 p.m.
Sat 15. The Davy Lamp, Washington Arts Centre, Biddick Lane, Fatfield District 7, Washington, Tyne & Wear, NE38 8AB
Tel: 0191 2193455 Tickets £7.00 — From 8:00 p.m.