John McColgan is a professional drummer based out of Montreal, Quebec. He has been a part of the Canadian and international music scene for over thirty years. During this time he has had the opportunity to play literally around the world, in a wide variety of musical styles on stages big and small, with many known artists. He has also played on over thirty albums in his career and continues to be in demand for concerts, tours and recording projects. He is also a full-time educator, giving private drum lessons weekly in Montreal.
He has played and/or recorded with: Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Richard Thompson, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Michel Pagliaro, Big Mama Thornton, Buddy Guy, Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins, Kenny Pearson, Loudon Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Danny Thompson, Norma Waterson, Martin Carthy, Susie Arioli, Sue Foley, Jean-Pierre Ferland, Laurence Jalbert , Michel Rivard and many many others.
He has recently reunited with Jimmy James, and is recording and gigging with the original line-up, including Carl Rufh on bass. He has been playing in the Montreal area with James Green and the Blues Electric, still works with Michael Jerome Browne, and as well is freelancing in the Montreal area. To find out where he is playing next, click on Upcoming Events, and don't forget to see his Discography and Tour Credits.
He has been giving drum lessons steadily for the last ten years, has recently published his first book/DVD, “Groove and Technique”, and has performed educational clinics for Pearl Drums Canada, at schools and music stores throughout Quebec.
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John has recently begun a new chapter in his career as a producer, and is presently involved in his third project in this role.
The first was the independent folk/roots album No Family
, which was released in 2011.
In 2012 he recorded, produced and mixed the album "Where the River Flows" by The Durham County Poets
, who have been getting a lot of attention by music fans and media alike throughout the province.
He is currently working on the debut album by The Justin Saladino Band
, a group of local young musicians including guitar prodigy Justin Saladino, Hans Blichert on bass and John's son Khayman McColgan on drums.
The song you can click on below is, "Voodoo Music", by the Stephen Barry Band from the cd, "Here on the Highway, 1992.