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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.

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Performances

Performances 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.
 
Lessons

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

NEW GIG CONFIRMATIONS: After a memorable gig in December, 2013, this year will mark the official return of the band Gogh Van Go, with a gig booked at the Montreal International Jazz fest, June 26th at the Club Soda.
Here's the link to the band's publicity: Gogh Van Go, 6 Media Marketing.

AND: John has recently begun a new chapter in his career; now as a music producer. He has recorded and produced 3 projects already, and is currently finishing work on 3 more. No Family is a Montreal based folk/roots band who's debut album was released in 2011. He is currently finishing up on their second release. In 2012 he recorded and produced the debut album by The Durham County Poets, with their second release, 'Chikkaboodha Stew' set for release in June this year.  John has also finished work on an upcoming EP by the Justin Saladino Band, a zydeco project with the band Grouyan Gumbo, as well a CD by David Sherman and Nancy Lee.

The song you may click on below is "Voodoo Music" by The Stephen Barry Band, from the CD "Here on the Highway, released in 1992.