Nova Scotia folk musician and guitar virtuoso J.P. Cormier will perform at Errington Hall on Jan. 16.

Nova Scotia folk musician and guitar virtuoso J.P. Cormier will perform at Errington Hall on Jan. 16.

East Coast virtuoso to strut stuff Jan. 16 at Errington Hall

Multi-instrumentalist highlights first 2016 show in local series with Nova Scotia folk musician J.P. Cormier

  • Dec. 31, 2015 2:00 p.m.

Nova Scotia folk musician J.P. Cormier appears in concert at the Errington Hall on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m.

Cormier’s body of work has resulted in a loyal fan base throughout Canada, Great Britain, Europe, and the USA. His songs have earned him 12 East Coast Music Awards, five Music Nova Scotia Awards, and a Canadian Folk Music Award. Since 1995 he has released 13 solo albums and won more than 30 awards in fiddle, guitar, banjo, and songwriting competitions.

Cormier’s lyrics and melodies evoke deep emotions as he paints pictures of loves lost, abandoned fishing villages, and significant moments in his own life. His melodious voice is surprisingly soft-sounding, coming from a 6’4” frame.

When Cormier begins an instrumental on one of the five or six instruments he may have on stage with him, you soon realize that he is not just another singer songwriter. When his fingers fly with speed and precision on each instrument in turn, you appreciate his joy, boundless energy, and outstanding musicianship.

As a celebrated singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, recording artist, teacher, collaborator, and innovator, J.P. Cormier is most often praised in superlatives. He’s been described as “the quintessential Maritime musician” with “the ability to make the brilliant appear effortless.” Country music legend Waylon Jennings has said, “I would be proud to share the stage with this man anywhere, anytime,” and J.P.’s greatest hero, Chet Atkins, honoured him as “… one of the most important guitarists of his generation.”

Cormier’s concerts have a profound effect on audiences, but they are far exceeded by his generosity. His acts of random kindness in and out of the music industry are legendary. There are many stories of the “big fella” playing for someone on their deathbed, helping fledgling artists, or generally standing up for vulnerable people. His two weeks entertaining NATO troops in Afghanistan inspired the song, “Hometown Battlefield,” about soldiers experiencing PTSD. The song has gone viral with millions of Facebook visits and 800,000 YouTube views. For ticket information, see www.erringtonhall.bc.ca.

Submitted by Errington Hall

Just Posted

Hannes Grosse, left, and Iris Steigemann, right, as they prepared for their 'Moments of Silence' exhibit. The father-daughter duo are showing at The Old School House Arts Centre in Qualicum Beach until June 26. (Submitted photo)
Cortes Island artists exhibit at Qualicum Beach’s TOSH in first father-daughter show

Both artists will be present at shows on Friday, June 25 and Saturday, June 26

The Lighthouse Country Marine Rescue Society will get more funding from the Regional District of Nanaimo. (Submitted Photo)
More PQB communities to fund Lighthouse Country Marine Rescue Society

RDN to introduce amendment to service bylaw contribution

A slide on best practices when reporting a suspected impaired driver that was presented to Parksville city council on June 7 by Margarita Bernard, a volunteer with MADD. The organization’s Report Impaired Drivers campaign involves the installation of informative signs within the City of Parksville. (Mandy Moraes photo)
MADD brings campaign to report impaired drivers to Parksville

Aim is to raise awareness that 911 should be called

Pam Bottomley (executive director), right and Sandy Hurley (president) of the Parksville Downtown Business Association visit the PQB News/VI Free Daily studio. (Peter McCully photo)
PQBeat: Downtown Parksville gears up for post-pandemic bounce back

Podcast: Hurley, Bottomley chat about what’s ahead for the PDBA

Maxwell Johnson is seen in Bella Bella, B.C., in an undated photo. The Indigenous man from British Columbia has filed complaints with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Rights Commission after he and his granddaughter were handcuffed when they tried to open a bank account. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Heiltsuk Nation, Damien Gillis, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
VIDEO: Chiefs join human rights case of Indigenous man handcuffed by police in B.C. bank

Maxwell Johnson said he wants change, not just words, from Vancouver police

Two ambulances and a medevac helicopter are on scene at Taylor River Flats rest area on Highway 4 due to a serious motor vehicle incident. (PHOTO COURTESY MAGGIE BROWN)
Highway 4 reopens between Port Alberni and Tofino

Multi-vehicle accident temporarily closed highway in both directions

Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Chief Rosanne Casimir stands outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School after speaking to reporters, in Kamloops, B.C., on Friday, June 4, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Kamloops chief says more unmarked graves will be found across Canada

Chief Rosanne Casimir told a virtual news conference the nation expects to release a report at the end of June

A woman wears a vaccinated sticker after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. ranks among highest in world in COVID-19 first-dose shots: health officials

More than 76% of eligible people have received their 1st shot

A screenshot of the First Peoples Cultural Councils First Peoples’ Map. (First Peoples Cultural Council)
Online resource blends B.C.-Alberta’s Indigenous languages, art and culture

Advisor says initiative supports the urgent need to preserve Indigenous languages

An artists conception of the new terminal building at the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport.
Air travel taking off in B.C., but lack of traffic controllers a sky-high concern

There will be demand for more air traffic controllers: Miller

Canadian Armed Forces experts are on their way to North Vancouver after a local homeowner expressed worry about a military artifact he recently purchased. (Twitter DNV Fire and Rescue)
Military called in to deal with antique ‘shell’ at North Vancouver home

‘The person somehow purchased a bombshell innocently believing it was an out-of-commission military artifact’

Amy Kobelt and Tony Cruz have set their wedding date for February, hoping that more COVID-19 restrictions will have lifted. (The Macleans)
B.C. couples ‘gambling’ on whether COVID rules will let them dance at their wedding

Amy Kobelt and Tony Cruz pushed back their wedding in hopes of being able to celebrate it without the constraints of COVID-19

Most Read