John Wort Hannam

Sun 16th July, 2017
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
John Wort Hannam

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It’s a long, hard road – figuratively and literally – from quitting a teaching job on a southern Alberta Indigenous Reserve to building a Juno-nominated roots music career with performances at The Kennedy Centre, The Smithsonian, and Trafalgar Square, but he wouldn’t trade the journey for the world.

From the Canadian prairies in southern Alberta comes one of Canada’s best roots songwriters, John Wort Hannam. After completing a degree in Native American Studies, John Wort Hannam taught grade 9 for six years on the largest reserve in Canada – The Kainai Nation, part of the Blackfoot Confederacy. But in 2002 he quit teaching and began to pursue the dream of being a working musician.

Now a prize-winning songwriter touring internationally, John Wort Hannam is known for his unique take on the simple day-to-day dramas of common folk through songs that map the landscapes of both the human heart and this vast world of ours. With a keen eye for the quirky and lyrics that create stories behind the songs, this born storyteller shares the personal and the profound. John Wort Hannam’s lonesome, winsome, and then some style of acoustic roots reveals a woven textile of metaphor, phrasing, irony, and rhyme that reads with ease like well written prose.

His music is a reflection of all things that John holds dear: the land, true love, underdogs, and a lust for life. He is one of the new torch-bearers of a vast songwriting tradition in the styles of John Prine, Louden Wainwright III, and Steve Earle but clearly Canadian.