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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 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:
Son of the return of McColgan Plays Zappa, John's current drum clinic, has found a home this spring! Coming up next Sunday the 22nd at Biggy's restaurant and deli in St. Jerome. There will be great food, beer ,Zappa music, druuuuuming, and door prizes! Not to be missed...

John is now a music producer... recording, mixing and helping other musicians realize their musical visions. More info below...

New Gig Confirmations: 
Jimmy James Band... Still hosting Jam night at Smoke Meat Petes restaurant in Ile Perrot. Come on out and jam with some great players.
Jimmy James Band is also playing this summer at the Mont Tremblant Blues Fest...
July 12th and 13th.


Last year also marked the official return of the band Gogh Van Go, with a fantastic gig at the Montreal International Jazz fest. Future dates are TBA, while the band is in the process of recording new material.
Here's the link to the band's publicity: Gogh Van Go, 6 Media Marketing, and here is a link to the video for the song, "Sugar".


AND: John has recently begun a new chapter in his career; now as a music producer. In the last five years he has worked with several different local artists, with 9 recordings already to his credit. 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, and Sherman and Lee. Please click on the links to check out these artists and hear examples of these recordings.

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.