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John Wort Hannam

Brief Biography

An award winning songwriter, John has facilitated many songwriting workshops, including the Alberta Songwriting Centennial Project. John is a professional singer/songwriter who will be performing at the Mariposa Folk Festival.


From the Canadian prairies in southern Alberta comes one of Canada's most promising new songwriters John Wort Hannam. John is known for his unique take on the simple day-to-day dramas of the common man through songs that map the landscapes of both the human heart and this vast country of ours. He is a born story- teller with a keen eye for the quirky, a humble and engaging performer with lyrics that create stories behind the songs. His voice is a constant strong and emotive presence demanding attention to lyrics. And while it is true that John is a relatively new face on the folk/roots scene, he has achieved some fine accolades and seen his profile rise rapidly in a few short years.

Of late John Wort Hannam received two 2007 WCMA nominations, he was named a 2007 New Folk Winner at the Kerrville Texas New Folk Songwriting Competition as part of the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival, (John joins the list of previous finalists such as John Gorka, Nanci Griffith, Eric Taylor, Lyle Lovett, and Steve Earle). John won 1st Prize for Best song at the 2007 Calgary Folk Music Festival Songwriting Competition, an award John also won in 2004 as well as the "Best Performance Award" in 2006. Recently Guy Clark invited John to his Nashville home to spend a few days co-writing.

John Wort Hannam was a fulltime public school teacher until 2000. Shortly after he began to pursue a long time dream of being a working musician. He released his debut CD "pocket full of holes" in 2002 followed up with "Dynamite and 'Dozers" in 2004 and released his third full-length CD "Two-Bit Suit" in spring of 2007.

John Wort Hannam has performed at concerts and festivals across Canada, in the United States, Britain and Australia. His many appearances have included the 2006 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC in conjunction to one of John's songs, "Church of the Long Grass" appearing on the prestigious Folkways recording label.

He tours actively as a solo, duo, trio, and at times as a four piece band with John on guitar, tenor guitar, and harmonica and his "guys" Tyler Bird on upright bass (he's also been known to sling an accordion in the van), Darcy Stamp on fiddle and mandolin, and Brad Brouwer on percussion.

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