Based in Guelph, Ontario, James Gordon is known to many North Americans as the founder of Canada's premier folk group TAMARACK. With this durable trio he toured every corner of the continent, recorded fourteen albums, and made countless television and radio appearances. He has become well-known for his original songs about Canada's identity and heritage. He was a regular songwriting contributor to the CBC radio programmes "Ontario Morning" and "Basic Black". He has also released numerous solo albums for adults and children , composed works for symphony orchestras, co-written a popular series of "Jim and Dave" family musicals and written music for theatre, dance and film. His songs have been recorded by a number of other artists including The Cowboy Junkies, Melanie Doane, Hilary Spencer, Al Simmons, Ian Bell and James Keelaghan. James Gordon is one of Canada's most prolific songwriters, well known for his songs about social justice, heritage and environmental issues. His classic "Frobisher Bay" has been recorded and performed by hundreds of acts world-wide and was an audition piece for "Canadian Idol." His song "Mining For Gold" was featured on the Cowboy Junkies' landmark album "The Trinity Sessions" and was heard in John Sayles' film "Silver City."
James has made countless appearances on television and radio, and was a resident songwriter on CBC radio for 12 years, with weekly songs on shows including "Basic Black." His Rhyme Capsules songwriting-in-the-schools program develops young writers all across North America. He tours as a solo performer and with his sons, and has released over 30 albums as a solo artist or with the legendary folk trio "Tamarack." In 2009 BerLen Music published the Pipe Street Songbook, an anthology of his 50 most loved songs. Between tours, James is a record producer, playwright, community activist and theatre director.
These days James tours North America and Great Britain with the legendary Canadian pop icon Sandy Horne on bass and vocals, and produces CD's for other artists at his Pipe Street Studios. In 2002 he released 5 different CD's of his own music. His first full-length musical, "Hardscrabble Road" debuted in late 2003, and his next album on Borealis Records is due to be released soon. There's a lot of info available at jamesgordon.ca .
Please listen to this selection of works from Gordon's long and varied career, and drop us a line to say hello!
Official Website: http://jamesgordon.ca/
MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/jamesgordonmusic