John Wort Hannam has a Gordon Lightfoot-like skill at penning songs" - The Calgary Sun
Hailing from Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canadiana artist John Wort Hannam is known for his distinctive Blue Collar Roots Music. Described as a "unique fusion ... Full Descriptionof styles from folk, to country and western, to maritime music", his songs champion the way things used to be, the working class, scraping by, falling in love, and falling apart. He sings of small towns and those people with the courage to leave them, those with the courage to stay, and those with the courage to return. His poetic lyrics create down to earth stories.
John has received many accolades and industry recognition for his distinctive sound and unique song-writing ability. 2005â— nominated for two Canadian Folk Music Awards for Best New/Emerging Artist and Best Contemporary Folk Singer â— nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award in the category of "Outstanding Songwriter".
CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award Winner, â— National Campus Radio Association Dig Your Roots Canadian Song Writing Competition Winner â— "Dynamite and 'Dozers" was included on four music critic's top ten lists in the Annual Awards Poll of Penguin Eggs, Canada's roots music magazine,. â— In the US, this recording was CD of the week for March 2005 on Rich Warren's Midnight Special.
Calgary Folk Festival Song Writing Competition Winner. â— "Dynamite and Dozers" charted on CKUA's Top 30 for June/July 2004 and was on CKUA's Top 100 recordings for 2004. â— "Dynamite and Dozers" remained on the Top 10 Roots CD's list of Victoria's Village 900 for 5 months.
Chosen as one of the best newcomer's of 2003 by music critic Tom Coxworth in Penguin Eggs' Annual Awards Poll. â— Debut CD "pocket full of holes" was chosen as one of the top ten recordings of 2003 by music critic Vic Bell.
John Wort Hannam's live show has been described as "captivating". The Calgary Folk Club wrote, "John Wort Hannam took the stage, and in short work took the audience as well. John wins over the "everyman" in all of us." When John played Vic Bell's Nickelodeon Folk Club, he set an all-time CD sales record for an opener for the 24 years of the club's running.