J.P. Cormier

Opening set by Regina's Binder Twine and the Balers


GrassRoots Regina is pleased to present veteran Canadian bluegrass/folk/celtic singer-songwriter J.P. Cormier in concert.

Described by Chet Atkins as "one of the most important guitarists of his generation", J.P. Cormier has an over
thirty-year musical career that includes multiple awards and nominations.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Exchange, 2431 8th Avenue, Regina

Show starts at 8:00 p.m.

Admission: $20 advance / $25 at the door

Tickets available at Bach & Beyond, Vintage Vinyl, Cobb Swanson Music

"Canada is richer from your immense contribution to the Canadian music industry."
The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson

Click here to see poster.

J.P. Cormier was born in London, Ontario in 1969 and began playing guitar, self-taught, at the age of five. As a child, he was considered a genuine prodigy with an unusual ability to play a variety of instruments by ear. He won his first guitar competition, against thirty other players three times his age, at the age of nine. When he was sixteen he recorded his first album (a collection of bluegrass instrumentals) and began working the American festival circuit. He subsequently moved to the United States working as a session musician and continued to perform live on stages, including the Grand Ole Opry, with artists such as Waylon Jennings, Marty Stuart, Earl Scruggs and Bill Munroe. Cormier returned to Canada in the mid-90's and has released thirteen albums since then.

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, sideman, innovator, recording artist, award-winner. Cormier's names are many, but underlying that is a young man with an old soul who has travelled the world for the past thirty years bringing a unique brand of joy to audiences wherever he goes. His lyrics and melodies illicit every emotion you can muster as he paints picture after picture of loves lost, towns disbanded, fishermen killed by their trade, and the most important moments of his own life. His voice is surprisingly sweet and soft-sounding, completely unexpected coming from his 6'4" frame. He begins an instrumental on one of the five or six instruments he may have on stage with him and you soon realize that this man is not just a singer or a songwriter. As his fingers fly, with such speed and precision upon each instrument in turn, you get another picture—one of pure joy and boundless energy; total spiritual abandon bordering in its execution on genius.

"I would be proud to share the stage with him anytime." - Waylon Jennings

Check out Cormier's videos here.

Leavin' Charlottetown audio clip:

Noise audio clip:

Cherokee Shuffle audio clip:

The Picture audio clip:

Cormier's web site here.