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. read more...

Performances Since 2010 he has been playing again with Jimmy James, and is recording and gigging with the original line-up, including Carl Rufh on bass. He 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.

Groove and Technique He has been giving drum lessons steadily for the last ten years, has published his first book/DVD, “Groove and Technique”, and will soon have downloadable pdf's available on this site. He has also performed educational clinics for Pearl Drums Canada, at schools and music stores throughout Quebec, with plans for an upcoming clinic tour in the works.
News/Upcoming events
The Bonham Drum Show was a great success this week back on Nov. 8th, John had the opportunity to close the performance with renditions of "The Lemon Song" and "Moby Dick". A loud and wonderful time was had by all. The group featured Bob St. Laurent on vocals, Rej E. Lachance on guitars, Ian Benhamou on guitar and keyboards and Domenic Romanelli on bass... Here's hoping for a tribute tour with this band!
The fall schedule is taking shape, and it is looking like a fair amount of recording and producing in the future. With projects with The Durham County Poets and Sherman and Lee ongoing, John is also involved in a rock project in Toronto w The Lobo Brothers. At the same time he has begun preparations for a new jazz project upcoming featuring Roger Mann, Chris Savage, Marc-Andre Drouin and Lawrence Hodge.
All of this wont slow down the steady gigs continuing with The Jimmy James Band, including their regular Tuesdsy night jam at Smoke Meat Petes restaurant in Ile Perot.

Son of the return of McColgan Plays Zappa, John's current drum clinic was a sucess last month at Biggy's restaurant and deli in St. Jerome. A small but appreciative crowd were witness to a feast of drumming and Zappa music! Look out for more clinics to come; next fall a tour is planned including cegeps around the province...
John just completed a run of the play "Lost and Found" by Sherman & Lee, and is preparing for several upcoming concerts with Pat Loiselle Blue Combo. He will also be continuing to work with legendary Montreal Guitarist Jimmy James at local festivals in and around Montreal.
As an engineer/producer he has worked with several different local artists, with 9 recordings already to his credit over the last 5 years. No Family is a Montreal based folk/roots band who's debut album was released in 2011. He has now finished up work on their second cd, to be released as part of a documentary film later this year. He has recorded and produced 2 CD'sby The Durham County Poets, and this year should see their 3rd CD. Most recently John produced the debut CD by a local duo, BluesReel, a cool mixture of blues and celtic styles.

John has also produced and recorded cd's by the Justin Saladino BandGrouyan Gumbo,Sherman and Lee. Please click on the links to check out these artists and hear examples of these recordings.
John is now working on upcoming recordings by The Durham County Poets, and as well a jazz project with Lawrence Hodge, an old friend and composer currently living in Finland.