One of the planet’s best musicians – J.P. Cormier – (winner of more prestigious awards than we have room to list here) along with sideman Bill Elliot, perform a special early show at The Carleton on Saturday, June 27th! Show time is 7 PM and tickets are $25.
36 years later after stepping on stage as professional union musician for the first time at the tender age of 13, JP Cormier is still going, and frighteningly, still getting better. 16 albums followed the success of Another Morning, winning 12 more ECMAs, another Juno nomination, a Canadian Folk Music Award and 5 Music Nova Scotia Awards. 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. His catalogue of recordings and the 150 or so records he’s produced on other artists, resemble the tapestry he weaves in live performance. Where he used to carry 3 and 4 piece bands, he tours alone now.
Just him and the instruments.
People still leave his shows confused, amazed and wondering what they just saw. Did they see a storyteller? A Songwriter? Arguably one of the best guitar players in the business today? Someone who crosses the lines between different instruments like there are no lines? Who was that masked man, anyway? Accolades aside, and there are many from people like Chet Atkins, Marty Stuart, Waylon Jennings, Gordon Lightfoot; JP 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. One of the best. After you’ve seen what he does, you’ll agree!
Bill Elliott was born into a musical family. From these influences, he went on to become an accomplished, multi-instrumentalist with guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo and bass. His unique and versatile guitar style earned him the distinction of being named first recipient of the Canadian Certified Guitar Player, CCGP in 2015.
Bill started recording at the age of 14. He has played throughout Canada, the USA, Scotland and the Shetland Islands. He has toured with acclaimed Cape Bretoners JP Cormier and Matt Minglewood, traded licks with Tim Edey (UK) and opened for Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings.
Bills’ music crosses genres from Old Time, Swing, Texas Swing, Country, Bluegrass, R&R and Gypsy Jazz. He is an Old Time Fiddle Champion in Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia.
“Bill is truly among the great guitar players to come out of this country. His technicality is stunning, but his true talent is fire. He plays very difficult things with an abandon that thrills audiences. He hollers, he laughs, he mugs for the crowd, all while coaxing things from his instrument that are unexpected and always seem to fit in.” JP Cormier