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.


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.

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.
McColgan Plays Zappa was a huge success! The debut performance was presented by Solo Drum Studio, and co-sposered by Headhunters drumsticks. The show was sold out, and everyone in attendance came away happy, many clutching souvenirs curtesy of the drumstick company. Keep a look out in upcoming events and on John's Facebook page for future presentations, and as well new video of the event forthcoming soon. In the meantime check out the photos page for pictures of the event.
John is now an official Headhunters drumstick artist! Just recently inked a deal with the stick company he had been associated with for many years back in the early 2000's.
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.
Drum clinics: McColgan Plays Zappa will soon be booked at a couple of venus in and around Montreal... confirmations to be announced bientot...

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 four years he has worked with several different artists, with 8 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. In 2012 he recorded and produced the debut album by The Durham County Poets, as well as their latest release 'Chikkaboodha Stew'. 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.