John Lilly


GrassRoots Regina is pleased to present award-winning singer-songwriter John Lilly in concert.

John is a multi-talented performer from Charleston, West Virginia specializing in Americana, roots country and traditional folk music.

Friday, September 7, 2012

The Club, 2431 8th Avenue, Regina

Opening set by Ray Bell and Tahnis Cunningham

Show starts at 8:30 p.m.

Admission: $12 at the door

Click here to see poster.

"If Hank Williams had a sunny disposition, he'd be John Lilly." - Independent Weekly, Durham NC."

John Lilly, born in Ilinois in 1954, is widely recognized as a powerful performing songwriter. His creative original songs recall the sounds of earlier generations, while his innovative treatment of early country and traditional music is timeless. Over the course of his career he has developed a knack of writing songs that sound half a century old, and performs them with an impeccable guitar style and a relaxed, homely vocal style. In his own low-key, unassuming way he seems to be the truest embodiment of the music of Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers. He is an authority on the music of Rodgers, regularly appearing at Jimmie Rodgers tributes and festivals all over the world.

John released his first album, Broken Moon, in 2000. Since then he has released five more self-produced albums including his latest, Cold Comfort, in 2012. In 2005, he won the international Ghost Writers In The Sky songwriting contest sponsored by HankFest, a Chicago-based festival honouring the music of Hank Williams. in 2010, he was the acoustic winner of the Next Great Road Song contest, sponsored by Midas and Spin magazines.

Check out John's videos here.

Come and Go audio clip:

Two Miracles audio clip:

Cold Comfort audio clip:

I'm Paying Now audio clip:

John's web site here.


Ray Bell and Tahnis Cunningham are a Regina-based performing duo. Ray is a singer-songwriter, guitarist extraordinaire, producer and composer who has toured extensively, both nationally and internationally, performing at folk and bluegrass festivals. He is a studio musician who has performed on many albums and is in demand as a guitar instructor at music camps throughout western Canada. He is a founding member of Music in The House, a Regina music school. The other half of the duo is Tahnis Cunningham on fiddle and vocals. She started playing the violin at age five, and except for a three-year hiatus, she has been playing ever since. She honed her musical skills playing in the Cunningham Family Band while growing up in Edmonton. In addition to the duo, she is also one of the fiddlers in DownBeat, a six-member modern fiddle ensemble.