John Wort Hannam
GrassRoots Regina proudly presents JOHN WORT HANNAM.
Thursday, November 22, 2008
Show starts at 8:30 p.m.
The Club - 2431 8th Ave, Regina
John was nominated for Songwriter of the Year and his recently released CD "Two-Bit Suit" was nominated for Roots Album of the Year at the 2007 Western Canadian Music Awards. He'll be accompanied by Tyler Bird on upright bass.
From southern Alberta comes one of Canada’s most promising new songwriters. John is known for his unique take on the simple day-to-day dramas of the common man through songs that map the landscapes of both the human heart and this vast country of ours. He is a born story-teller with a keen eye for the quirky, a humble and engaging performer with lyrics that create stories behind the songs.
Although John is a relatively new face on the folk/roots scene (he was a fulltime public school teacher until 2000), he has received accolades and seen his profile rise rapidly in a few short years. He was named a 2007 New Folk Winner at the Kerrville Texas New Folk Songwriting Competition. He has two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations for “Best Emerging Artist” and “Best Contemporary Singer”, and Western Canadian Music Award nomination for “Outstanding Songwriter”. Recently, Guy Clark invited John to his Nashville home to spend a few days co-writing.
John released his debut CD “Pocket Full of Holes” in 2002, his second, “Dynamite and 'Dozers” in 2004, and his third, “Two-Bit Suit” in April of 2007. The new CD brings together a great cast of musicians that includes Steve Dawson on a variety of stringed instruments, and guest musicians such John Reischman on mandolin.
"Wort Hannam hails from Canada and the likes of Gordon Lightfoot & Harry Chapin loom large over these strong self-penned collections of folk, country songs." - Americana U.K. (Andy Riggs)
"You wouldn't know from listening to Two-Bit Suit that John Wort Hannam is a "new" or "emerging" singer/songwriter. He writes songs that speak of the Prairies with the eloquence of a Sinclair Ross or a W.O. Mitchell, a Margaret Laurence or a Sharon Butala. Other songwriters with whom he shares pedigree include Ian Tyson, Tom Russell and Corb Lund. Produced by Steve Dawson, the album bridges contemporary country and folk, roots music with Western heart and flare." - The Kitchener Waterloo Record (Robert Reid)