Hannam is a Canadian singer songwriter from Fort Macleod, Alberta.
Born in the
Channel Islands and raised in Alberta,
John earned a degree in Native American Studies and taught on a reserve for
five years. Since leaving his teaching post for music in 2002 he's been
nominated for a Juno, three Western Canadian Music Awards, a North American
Folk Alliance Award, and three Canadian Folk Music Awards - winning
Contemporary Album of the Year in 2010.
John is well
known for his story telling through music. Themes which are central to his
music include life in Western Canada, and the
human experience as seen through the eyes of simple working folk. He has
performed at music festivals in Canada,
the United States, Great Britain and Australia
and he appeared at the 2006 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C.
In addition to singing, John plays guitar, tenor guitar and harmonica.
"People are starting to sit up
and notice this singer-songwriter in his appearances from Montreal
— Edmonton Folk
long, hard road - figuratively and literally - from being a school teacher on a
southern Alberta First Nation's reserve to a Juno-nominated roots music career
at The Kennedy Centre, The Smithsonian, and Trafalgar Square, but
trade the journey for the world.
Born in St
Helier on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands and raised in Southern Alberta, John earned degrees in Native American
Studies and Native Education and taught Grade Nine on reserve for five years.
He decided he wanted to pursue a career in music after hearing Loudon
Wainwright III in 1997.
prize-winning songwriter and performer touring internationally, John Wort
known for his unique take on the simple day-to-day dramas of common
through songs that map the landscapes of both the human heart and the vast
With a keen
eye for the quirky and lyrics that create stories behind the songs, this
storyteller shares the personal and the profound. Thriving on live performance,
John Wort Hannam is truly happy when he is on the road playing and connecting
personally with an audience.
his teaching job, he's released five albums, performed with the
Philharmonic Orchestra, and written official song for the 2011 Alberta
He won the
prestigious Kerrville New Folk Award in 2007. He's been nominated for
Western Canadian Music Awards, a North American Folk Alliance Award, and
Canadian Folk Music Awards - winning the Contemporary Album of the Year in 2010.
He also earned a 2010 Juno nod for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year
Solo, and he has won the Grand Prize in the Calgary Folk Festival Song Competition
on three separate occasions.
"Like Tom Russell, Hannam’s
narrative, achingly resilient writing approach hooks the listener immediately.
The real deal." — Shindig UK
On - 2015
Hotel - Sept. 15, 2009
Suit - April 10, 2007
and ‘Dozers - June 16, 2004
of Holes - July 17, 2002
Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee
2010 Contemporary Album of the Year Winner - Canadian Folk Music
2010 Juno Award Nominee - Roots and Traditional Album of the Year
2009 Grand Prize Winner - Calgary Folk Music Festival Songwriting
2008 North American Folk Alliance Award Nominee
2007 Double Western Canadian Music Award Nominee
2007 New Folk Winner - Kerrville Texas New Folk Songwriting
2007 Grand Prize Winner - Calgary Folk Music Festival Songwriting
2005 Double Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee
2005 Western Canadian Music Award Nominee
2004 Grand Prize Winner - Calgary Folk Music Festival Songwriting