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 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 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 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. Since April 2018 he has been a member of the CDK Trio, and his been on the road much of the year playing festivals and gigs across the country. 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 twelve 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

As 2018 winds down, i have been busy again with both a teaching schedule for private students, and more recording projects here at JMC studio. Among them is the upcoming release by Jabbour, a roots/folk/chansonier group based in Montreal. Very excited about the music happening in these recordings; keep a look out on the above link for the release, some time in the new year. I also recently was honored to have been asked by my dear friend Michael Jerome Browne to perform on his new CD, which will be available soon... this will feature many great guest artists, including Eric Bibb and Roxanne Potvin among others.

I am still involved and love to promote a few artists i have worked with in the last few years, among them; The Durham County Poets, who's 3rd CD, “Grimshaw Road”, is available wherever you get your music. This CD has reached number 4 on Stingray’s blues channel, as well as having peaked around #10 in the Canadian folk music charts. I am very proud of this piece of work; beautiful playing, great songs, and the brilliant vocals of lead singer Kevin Harvey.
Also a Montreal/Nova Scotia duo, Mama’s Broke. This is an incredible collection of beautiful, original celtic/Appalchian/country songs, played and sung by two very talented young women. The CD has done extremely well, the band and myself are proud to announce that the CD has won Canadian Folk Music's Ensemble of the Year award for 2017.
Some of the other artists I have produced and recorded include The Justin Saladino BandGrouyan Gumbo, and BluesReel, as well as 2 cd's by No Family, a Montreal based folk/roots band whose 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 in 2014.
The other project I am very excited about is an upcoming jazz-fusion release involving Marc Andre Drouin, Roger Mann, and legendary Montreal guitarist Jerry DeVilliers Jr. This music is composed by an old friend and collaborator Lawrence Hodge, who has been living and working in Finland for the last 25 years. He is an accomplished bassist, keyboard player and composer. The basic tracks were completed last summer at Riverfield Studio, and now Lawrence and I will be finishing tracks in Montreal and Finland over the next 3-4 months. This will be a heavy, challenging and interesting musical explosion; due for release late next year!
As for gigs, I will be posting stuff on the upcoming gigs page, as well as on my Facebook page.
I am still accepting new students, and am currently putting out word in search of more people, men, women and children, of any age, who wish to begin, continue, or start over to dig deeper into the rhythm of the drum.