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
2017 has been busy business as usual, with recording projects, teaching and gigs all keeping John on the go. After a busy late winter and spring in the recording process, 2 CD's have now been released and are avaiable for purchase: 'Grimshaw Road' by the Durham County Poets, and the latest release by country/roots act Mama's Broke, 'Count the Wicked. He has also just completed mixes for an upcoming live cd by local blues favorites Jtterbug Swing. He is still looking out for more projects, for his home studio, (JMC Studio), and at Riverfield Studio in the Chateauguay valley. He and Jim Preimel of the Durham County Poets have set up equipment in Jim's 130 year old farmhouse. Vibe and sound, atmosphere and comfort...perfect elements for creative recording expression! 

The month of August was filled with recording time for an upcoming jazz-fusion release involving Lawrence Hodge, Marc Andre Drouin, Roger Mann, and legendary Montreal guitarist Jerry DeVilliers Jr. John will be finishing tracks in Montreal over the next 3-4 months, while in Finland Lawrence is also busy at work completing additional recordings. This will be an international heavy, challenging and interesting musical explosion; due for release late next year!
He is also still working on more material for possible upcoming drum shows featuring the music of Frank Zappa...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 Perrot.
John is of course also still accepting more students, filling out a weekday/evening teaching schedule.

Son of the return of McColgan Plays Zappa, John's current drum clinic was a sucess last year 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; John is hoping to confirm dates at cegeps and music stores in Montreal and around the province this year...
As an engineer/producer he has now worked with many different local artists, including a project based in Toronto which was completed last fall. With over 10 full recordings already to his credit over the last 6 years, there seems to be no slow down in sight. "Barely time to pick up the sticks lately..."  
Some of the artists John has produced and recorded include: The Justin Saladino BandGrouyan GumboSherman and Lee and BluesReel. John worked on 2 cd's by No Family, a Montreal based folk/roots band who's debut album was released in 2011. Their second cd was released as part of a documentary film called "I'm Gone- a film about Amy", and came out last year.
He has also recorded and produced 2 CD's by The Durham County Poets, and is just finishing up overdubs and starting mixing on their 3rd relesase, "Grimshaw Road", coming this spring. 
John will working on a jazz project later this summer with Lawrence Hodge, an old friend and composer currently living in Finland.