Nova Scotia J.P. Cormier is the best multi-instrumental musician in the history of acoustic folk, including most importantly, Irish music. Many of his albums feature a wide variety of his tunes (he is a wonderful singer), with him playing every instrument you hear on the backing tracks. Guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, piano. He is a master. We’re sure we’ve left some instruments off the list! If you listen to the Bill & Imelda show each Sunday at 18:00 GMT here on LI, you know we play him often. Imelda and I recently had lunch with him and caught up with what he is doing currently, as he and his pal, Dave Gunning (another Nova Scotian great) were on their way to the Kansas City Folk Alliance artist showcases. So, she and I went back in the video file. There are TONS. All great. We ended up picking this one. It is a vid from 2010, Why so long ago? It is a set of Irish tunes, beginning with The Mathematician. It is a guitar tour de force, as you will see and hear. We don’t get a good look at Cormier’s face due to a misplaced microphone, but he is an island of calm in this acoustic storm. Tim Edey accompanies beautifully, if a bit frenetically. This is 7.5 minutes of miraculous musicianship from the master. Towards the end of it all, he does a couple of things we have NEVER heard on an acoustic guitar in our 50 years in the music business. You don’t have to watch it, but it is even more stunning if you do–focusing on JP’s guitar and hands and not even the rest of it. WOW!
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