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.
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Performances

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.
 
  Lessons

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


-More gigs! Getting busy with the CDK trio... West coast, east coast...most points between. Starting again in June and going right through the summer...Have a look at the Upcoming events calendar link for a list of upcoming concerts with the fabulous Cecile Doo Kingue trio featuring herself, myself and my man Pierre Desmarais on bass. We am coming to your town!
Very excited diving into this fun musical situation... rhythm and blues, soul, blues and funk...right down my alley.
This comin July i will also be doing 2 shows with my old friend, genious guitarist Jimmy James, and featuring Carl Rufh on bass. We will be attacking Mont Tremblant blues fest again this year on Juy 10th and 11th.

2017 is done and in the books… with some really great music and happenings having taken place, including:
-The release of The Durham County Poets 3rd CD, “Grimshaw Road”, currently 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.
-The debut release of 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, which has now been followed up by a nomination for another award in the 'rising star' catagory at the East Coast Music Awards!
 
I will be continuing to work with more artists producing and recording, including recordings by local bands Jabbour and Childfire, among others.
Some of the other artists I have produced and recorded include: The Justin Saladino BandGrouyan GumboSherman and Lee 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.