James Keelaghan has just announced a UK tour for October/November 2017 on which he will be accompanied by Hugh McMillan.
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 storytelling 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 storyline, 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 are 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 artist’s 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
Watch an excerpt an excerpt from the DVD “The Stories Behind The Songs” which accompanies the album “History”.
UK Tour Dates
Mon 23. Stirling Folk Club Stirling County RFC, Bridgehaugh Park, Causewayhead Rd, Stirling, Scotland FK9 5AP
Tel: 01324 562156 Tickets £10.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Wed 25. Irvine Folk Club Vineburgh Community Centre, Quarry Rd, Irvine, Scotland KA12 0PS
Tel: 01294 551047 Tickets £8.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Thur 26. Falkirk Folk Club Tolbooth Tavern, Tolbooth Street, Falkirk, Scotland FK1 1NL
Tel: 07766 205 397 Tickets £7.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Fri 27. Montrose Folk Club Links Hotel, Mid Links, Montrose, Scotland DD10 8RL
Tel: 01674 830658. Tickets £9.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Sat 28. Milngavie Folk Club Douglas St, Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland G62 6PA
Tel: 07743 885991 Tickets £12.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Mon 30. Glenfarg Folk Club The Green Hotel, 2 The Muirs, Kinross, Perthshire, Scotland KY13 8AS
Tel: 01577 863467 Tickets £8.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Tue 31. Balerno Folk Club Balerno Bowling Club 5 Ladycroft, Balerno, Edinburgh, Scotland EH14 7AG
Tickets £9.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Wed 1. Llantrisant Folk Club Pontyclun Institute Athletic Club, Castan Rd, Pontyclun, Wales CF72 9EH
Tel: 01443 226892 Tickets £8.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Thur 2. Cuffern Manor Roch, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales SA62 6HB
Tel: 01437 710071 Tickets £10.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Sun 5. Reading Folk Club Community Hall at Watlington House, 44 Watlington Street, Reading, Berkshire RG1 4RJ
Tel: 0118 948 3145 Tickets £6.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Wed 8. Edinburgh Folk Club The Pleasance Cabaret Bar, 60 The Pleasance, Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9TJ
Tel: 0131 650 2458 Tickets £10.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Thurs 9. Black Swan Folk Club Black Swan Inn 23, Peasholme Green, York, Nth Yorkshire YO1 7PR
Tel: 01904 632922 Tickets £11.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Sun 12. Folk on the Moor The Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge, Devon PL21 9EE
Tel: 01752 892626 Tickets £12.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Photo Credit: Jen Squires