John McCormick, celtic singer, fingerstyle guitarist



"For my money, John McCormick is one of the most entertaining and versatile acts to ever grace our stage. A strong singer, a great guitarist, a very fine audience communicator, a superb entertainer and a warm and wonderful guy--and what a repertoire!"
--Chris Davis, The Famous Willows Folk Club, Arundel, West Sussex, England.

"If you fancy an evening with a refreshing difference that has strong traditional and contemporary background, then look no further! This Californian gentle giant gave us at the Hoy a fantastic evening's performance! John's guitar playing and fine voice had us all captivated with in the first song and held our complete attention throughout the night. There is absolutely no way you will not be able to join in with his songs as they cry out to the audience - sing me! He is a complete gentleman who will enthral you with his soft but very infectious humour and superb story telling. My advice to all you other clubs out there is this. Do not miss the opportunity to have John McCormick at your venue. I can guarantee that you will want him back again and again and again!"
-- Simon Oliver for the Hoy at Anchor Folk Club

"Let me just say right up front. John McCormick is America's finest English-style guitarist. His style is based on Graham, Fisher, Renbourn, Jansch, Jones and the like. He has added his own Midwestern warmth and affability to create a style full of gentle charm but not lacking in thrills. His voice is low and warm and brings to mind old wood. He has a caring, respectful approach to every song and the words never take a back seat to guitar pyrotechnics. His current guitar has two added frets at the nut end of the neck so it can be a full step lower than most. It also brings it down to part of John's vocal range and the effect is as satisfying as a hot mug of tea on a cold night."
"This recording ('Live at the Freight')is a collection of songs recorded at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, California, USA. Hence the title. Many of the songs have appeared on John's previous recordings, all of which I recommend highly. That said, his arrangements and understanding of the songs have only grown with the years. The authors include Martyn, Jansch, Thompson, Chapman, Graham, Pickford, Laing and Fisher, which I think gives you a good idea of what goes on here. Stand out tracks? Not really, this is a stand out album that can be enjoyed beginning to end and then repeated many times over. For more information visit or catch him during his English tour in the spring."
--Dave Palmater, WUMB Folk Radio, Boston

".."Tide and The River Rising" and "The Snows" are the type of song that establish McCormick (in my humble opinion) as the official troubadour for the 21st century."
-- Bob Mitchell, Louisville Music News

"McCormick has an elegant, accomplished solo approach with tones that are gorgeous: pure, warm, and accurate."
-- Dallas Times Herald

"Western Island is a bit of paradise for fanciers of graceful acoustic players."
-- Down Home Music

"His music comes from the soul. A warm glow remains long after the last notes have been played."
-- Indiana Magazine

"John is a brilliant guitarist who has mastered the intricate style of the British Isles folk tradition."
-- Alex deGrassi

"What a great guitarist and what a wonderful, rich, resonant voice."
-- Dave Palmater, WUMB Radio, Boston

"I think it's grossly unfair that you were born with six fingers on each hand, John."
-- Jean Redpath, Singer

"..a must-hear for all lovers of clear-eyed, clear-hearted folk singing."
-- Roots and Rhythm News

"His playing blew my socks off."
-- Mary Tilson, KPFA Radio, Berkeley

"He spins notes into a brilliant musical quilt."
-- Indianapolis News