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James Keelaghan plays Kaslo, Nelson in November

By Contributor
October 24th, 2012

James Keelaghan has been called many things in his life, but as a songwriter, all of them are positive.

In fact, the veteran of the folk music community has been referred to as Canada’s finest songwriter, and the poet laureate of Canadian folk music. His titles are well earned and James continues his journey regaling the public with his masterful songwriting.

“He writes with great humanity and honesty, with an eye to the past and a vision of the future. He has chronicled his times with powerful and abiding songs, with heart and eyes wide open,” said David Francey, Juno-award winning singer songwriter.


Keelaghan is coming to the West Kootenay in November, playing at the Langham in Kaslo on Thursday (November 1) and Nelson’s Capitol Theatre Friday (November 2).

Keelaghan approaches a song first as a story, crafting his words carefully into a historical or contemplative diatribe or sometimes a tribute to love and the emotional journey of a human being.

Regardless of subject matter, distinctive words chosen by James engage the mind of the listener, and remain timeless, resting in their beds of acoustic splendor. His connection is immediate, his presence is warm and friendly, and his music endears him to your head and heart.

The Calgary native come Ontarian has released nine recordings thus far in his career, and is busy preparing for this 25th Anniversary of bringing music to the people in 2013.

He is a Juno award winner and a multiple nominee who has won acclaim across North America, Europe and Australia, playing shows and nearly every major festival between.

Keelaghan is also a frequent collaborator, having penned songs with the likes of David Francey, Oscar Lopez and Oliver Schroer to name a few, citing if you spend time with folks who are “better than you”; you become better yourself.

Ask any fan of James Keelaghan though, and they’ll tell you the passionate songwriter has already reached the divine with his intense and visceral songs.

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