Jennifer Jones, violin
Émilie Paré, violin
Susan Sayle, viola
Shimon Walt, cello
Max Kasper, bass
Cape Breton’s J.P. Cormier is a true master musician. Famed for his spectacular multi-instrumental prowess, a major international touring career, and sincere, soulful songwriting, J.P. is a “consummate player” with “astonishing versatility . . . completely riveting” (Folk Radio UK). Now, J.P. joins forces with a quintet of highly skilled Symphony Nova Scotia musicians for a dazzling, intimate concert highlighting some of his greatest hits – including Song for a Winter’s Night, Another Morning, Kelly’s Mountain, and more.
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About the Artists
J.P. Cormier, singer-songwriter
In 1974, J.P. Cormier was a five-year-old boy, discovering an innate talent for playing the guitar, and by the mid-‘80s, not out of his teens, he was a sideman for bands and artists of many different genres in Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, and all across the deep south.
In the early ‘90s, he became a sideman for one of Canada’s favourite sons, Stompin’ Tom Connors, and also became a staple of the recordings at Studio H in Halifax. His work with the CBC there spanned musical, production, and arranging duties. In the mid-‘90s, he re-entered the musical scene of his beloved East Coast and the island of Cape Breton. He exploded onto the traditional music scene there as a fiddler, performing some of the most difficult music ever produced by legends like Winston Fitzgerald and Angus Chisholm. Then, in 1997, he released an album out of nowhere called Another Morning, which received a Juno Award nomination and won an ECMA Award.
Thirty-six years after stepping on stage as professional union musician for the first time at the tender age of 13, J.P. is still going and still getting better. Sixteen albums after the success of Another Morning, he has won 12 more ECMA Awards, a Canadian Folk Music Award, five Music Nova Scotia Awards, and picked up another Juno Award nomination. Each album was a snapshot of each thing that he can do. There are fiddle albums, Mandolin, Banjo, Guitar, tribute records, songwriting collections, a purely astounding spectrum of talent and musical vision.
Accolades aside – and there are many, from people like Chet Atkins, Marty Stuart, Waylon Jennings, and Gordon Lightfoot – J.P. sees himself as just a performer. He’s shy, but has a razor-sharp wit and lightning sense of humour. He can be reserved or edgy to the point no return. He speaks for soldiers, first responders, other artists, the forgotten, and lost. He speaks sometimes only for himself and refuses rebuttal. Of all the things he is, foremost he is an entertainer.