"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
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
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 http://www.mccormickjohn.com or
catch him during his English tour in the spring."
--Dave Palmater, WUMB Folk Radio,
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
has an elegant, accomplished solo approach with tones
that are gorgeous: pure, warm, and accurate."
-- Dallas Times Herald
Island is a bit of paradise for fanciers of graceful acoustic
-- Down Home Music
music comes from the soul. A warm glow remains long after
the last notes have been played."
-- Indiana Magazine
is a brilliant guitarist who has mastered the intricate
style of the British Isles folk tradition."
-- Alex deGrassi
a great guitarist and what a wonderful, rich, resonant
-- Dave Palmater, WUMB Radio,
think it's grossly unfair that you were born with six
fingers on each hand, John."
-- Jean Redpath, Singer
must-hear for all lovers of clear-eyed, clear-hearted
-- Roots and Rhythm News
playing blew my socks off."
-- Mary Tilson, KPFA Radio, Berkeley
spins notes into a brilliant musical quilt."
-- Indianapolis News