John McColgan is a professional drummer based out of Montreal, Quebec. He has been a part of the national and international music scene for over thirty years. During this time he has had the opportunity to play around the world, in a wide variety of musical styles on stages big and small, with many known artists such as Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Buddy Guy, Michel Pagliaro and many more. He has worked as a session musician on over thirty albums in his career, including The McGarrigle Hour and Gogh Van Go, both Juno award winning releases. He continues to be in demand for concerts, tours and recording projects.

Currently working with Juno award nominee and Maples blues award winner Michael Jerome Browne and Maple award nominee Cecile Doo Kingue.

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In 2011 John McColgan founded JMC Studio, located in the heart of the Mile-End area of Montréal. He has since gone on to produce, record and mix many artists, including the Folk Music Award winning CD Count the Wicked by duo Mama’s Broke. He puts his years of experience as a session drummer to use on the “other side of the glass”, creating a relaxed, intimate atmosphere for musicians to create in. He has recently renovated the studio and upgraded his equipment, which includes the Universal Audio Apollo interface and plug-ins, AKG Microphones and Golden Age pre-amps. Below are a few of the projects I have worked on.

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Drum Teacher


John McColgan has been teaching private drum lessons at his home studio in Montréal since 2006. He welcomes students of all ages and skill levels. Many of his students have gone on to perform, further their studies in music, teach, work in the industry, and simply get more joy from their instrument! He works  from his own book, Groove and Technique, a method based on the importance of fundamentals and musicality. Students apply what they learn by playing along to pre-recorded music, and jamming with John on guitar or bass. He has also performed educational clinics for Pearl Drums around the province.

"I have found that by working on the functional musical aspect of drumming directly, using song structure, I am able to get to the heart of what drumming is about very efficiently. This allows students an instant sense of context.”

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This Saturday Night! Michael Jerome Browne CD launch at Vitrola…see link for deets. Hope to see you there!

The Launch of the new John McColgan website! Very happy to unveil for your eyes and ears the new-look me… many thanks to Don Goodes for design help.

I would also like to thank the many photographers who have contributed here:

Manon Oullette, Rik Roe, Marilyn Stringer, Al Larriviere, Frank Muggianu, Mikel Samel and Jane Edwards.

Coming soon! Instructional video, including downloadable pdf files of drum excercises, grooves and riffs! Stay tuned…

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