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JUNO and CFMA award winning singer-songwriter JAMES KEELAGHAN brings his eleventh solo album, SECOND-HAND, on tour in Canada and the North Eastern region of the US in 2023. The tour kicks off in February, with James performing six shows in British Columbia, followed by a show in Greenbank, ON, all with long-time collaborator and friend, David Woodhead. Then in March, James performs shows in Maryland, Virginia, Michigan, New York, and Massachusetts, with more dates to be announced.
James says “I'm happy to be returning to a lot of my old haunts in the next few months. Legendary clubs like The Rogue in Vancouver and the Cellar Stage in Timonium, MD that have been presenting me for nearly 30 years.’
James Keelaghan 2023 North American ‘SECOND-HAND’ Album Release Tour Schedule
**Canadian Tour Dates 2023**
February 8 | Courtenay, British Columbia @ Old Church Theatre
February 9 | Duncan, British Columbia @ The Duncan Showroom
February 10 | Mission BC @ Copper Hall
February 11 | Vancouver BC @ The Rogue Folk Club
February 12 | Sidney, BC @ The Mary Windspear Centre (afternoon matinee, 2pm start)
February 13 | Bowen Island @ Tir na Nog Theatre
February 25 | Greenbank, ON @ Greenbank Centennial Hall
**US Tour Dates 2023**
March 10: Cellar Stage Timonium United Methodist Church, Timonium, Maryland
March 11, Unity Church, Charlottesville, Virginia
March 12, Tikvat Israel Congregation, Rockville, Maryland
April 5: 10 pound fiddle performer workshop, East Lansing, Michigan
April 6: 10lb Fiddle, Robin Theatre, East Lansing, Michigan
April 8: Buffalo Friends of Folk Music, Williamsville, New York
May 13: Old Sloop Coffeehouse, Rockport, Massachusetts
May 14: Christ the King Episcopal Church, Stone Ridge, New York
Tickets to all shows are on sale now at keelaghan.com.
Since its release in Sept of 2022, SECOND-HAND has received international airplay, topping charts across North America. The album received a Canadian Folk Music Awards nomination for Solo Artist of the Year, and continues to garner accolades by fans and industry alike, including being named The Penguin Eggs/Roots Music Canada 2022 Critics' Album of the Year.
‘I had a lot of fun recording it, mostly in Montreal, with producer Bill Garrett and engineer Gilles Castilloux. I also got to work with some amazing musicians—longtime friend and bass player extraordinaire David Woodhead, drummer Alan Lalonde, and keyboards from the amazingly funny Bob Stagg. It’s been on my mind the past few years that I wanted to have more piano in the music, and Bob played some beautiful stuff. A dream come true. I was also able to get backing vocals from Pharis and Jason Romaro and Kelly Prescott.’
James’ songwriting has often been cited for its keen sense of history. On SECOND-HAND he also takes on a number of topical issues of concern to us all. This, coupled with a command of the language and delivered with an unmistakably rich baritone, and it’s not surprising that James has come to be considered one of Canada's all-time great singer songwriters.
SECOND-HAND finds James at the top of his game with ten new songs including co-writes with Catherine MacLellan, Lynn Miles, J.D. Edwards, Cara Luft and Dave Gunning. Joining James in the studio was long time musical pal David Woodhead-Bass, Bob Stagg-Keyboards, and guitarists Bob Cohen, Dave Clarke and Joe Grass. Harmony vocals were provided by Pharis & Jason Romero and Kelly Prescott. The album was produced in Montréal by Bill Garrett.
About James Keelaghan: James Keelaghan is a JUNO and CFMA Award winning singer-songwriter, Artistic Director, and Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. James' latest album, SECOND-HAND, was released on Borealis Records in Sept of 2022, and is nominated for a 2023 CFMA and voted 2022 Penguin Eggs Critics' Choice Album of the Year. Follow James @jimmykeelo on instagram and twitter, and @jameskeelaghanmusic on facebook.