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John Wort Hannam

JWH and fiddlerJohn Wort Hannam

Canadian singer songwriter, and all round nice guy, is touring the UK with fiddler Scott Duncan in May/June 2023

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" John Wort Hannam has a voice that can convey regret, sorrow, joy, and love in equal measure, and his songwriting is equal to the task of bringing out all those emotions... insightful lyrics, terrific melodies, and engaging music." - Great Dark Wonder.

In 2001, roots/folk musician John Wort Hannam quit his teaching job and spent 10 months depleting his savings while sat at his kitchen table, wearing a lucky hat, writing his first ten songs.  Eighteen years later, he has a few feathers in that lucky hat including a JUNO nomination and a Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Album of the Year, a CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award, a Kerrville Texas New Folk win, and numerous Western Canadian Music Award and Canadian Folk Music Award nominations.

"Showmanship comes to mind... the way John Wort Hannam crafted the arc of the show with very affective and memorable songs, (and fun) with Scott Duncan on fiddle." - AD Kicking Horse Culture

Born on the island of Jersey, John emigrated to Canada with his parents when he was just eight years old. Recent years have seen a great deal of change in John’s life - becoming a Dad, turning 50, a move to the “big city” of Lethbridge.

"Hannam's sense of humour had the crowd laughing out loud throughout his performance" - Elmore Magazine

  • 2019 Western Canadian Music Award Nominee – Roots Artist of the Year           
  • 2017 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest Grand Prize Winner
  • 2013 Triple Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee
  • 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award Winner - Contemporary Recording of the Year
  • 2010 Western Canadian Music Award Nominee - Roots Recording of the Year
  • 2010 Juno Award Nominee - Roots and Traditional Solo Category
  • There are more, but you get the idea.

John with bassist and fiddler Scott Duncan

"John Wort Hannam took to the stage and took the audience, too." - Suze Casey, Artistic director, Calgary Folk Club.

"Hannam's narrative achingly resilient writing approach hooks the listener immediately." - Shindig Magazine, UK

"John Wort Hannam looks like Billy Bob Thornton, hails from rural Alberta, and does roots music like no one's business." - Spill Magazine

John Wort Hannam performing 'Acres of Elbow Room' LIVE at The Silk Mill for their Biddulph Up In Arms x Silk Mill session

Some Highlights

  • Composed the University of Lethbridge Official 50th Anniversary song 2017
  • Composed the 2012 Alberta Winter Games official song “Like The Northern Lights”
  • Performed at 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London, UK
  • Performed at Alberta House/Cultural Olympiad during the 2010 Winter Olympics
  • Represented Alberta at Trafalgar Square during Canada Day in London 2009
  • Collaborated with the Calgary Philharmonic on Alberta Arts Day 2008
  • Won the Kerrville, Texas New Folk Song Competition 2007

Touring May/June 2023

Booking now.

Thu. 18th May 2023
Nottingham: Running Horse

Fri. 19th May 2023
Beccles: Canopy Theatre (Hungate Church)

Sat 20th May 2023
London: Green Note

Thu 1st June 2023
Clonter Opera Theatre, Congleton



This page was created by Jacey Bedford.