J.P. Cormier & Bill Elliott
Back by popular demand (and possibly the worst kept secret in Shetland!), the supremely talented Canadian J.P. Cormier returns with previous Shetland Folk Festival sidekick Bill Elliott to join in our 40th festival celebrations!
Hailing from Cape Breton J.P. Cormier is a first-class bluegrass/Folk/Celtic singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, sideman, innovator, recording artist and multi award winner. He has previously performed at the Shetland Folk Festival in 1997, 2004, 2012 (with Bill Elliott and his brother Mike) and in 2019 alongside Tim Edey. J.P. is an amazing individual who has been bringing his dazzling compositions and finger work to many theatres and festivals across the world for over 30 years. He began playing guitar at the age of 5 and quickly become immersed in the rich musical heritage of his Cape Breton roots. He moved to the USA for 10 years and performed many memorable nights at the Grand Ole Opry with such notable artists as Waylon Jennings, Marty Stuart and Earl Scruggs to name a few. From winning his first guitar contest at age 9, he has since claimed thirteen East Coast Music Award trophies, 5 Music Nova Scotia Awards and a Canadian Folk Music Award, as well as Juno Award nominations. As well as guitar, J.P. has played a vast list of other instruments on his albums including fiddle, upright bass, banjo, mandolin, drums, percussion, cello and piano. 37 years after stepping on stage as professional union musician for the first time at the tender age of 13, JP is still going, and frighteningly, still getting better.
Joining JP on this trip across the Atlantic is multi-instrumentalist and singer Bill Elliott who is a real veteran of the Canadian music scene. JP Cormier has always surrounded himself with top-shelf musicians and in performing with the Elliott brothers since 2009, has taken his music to a new and exciting level. Bill Elliott has been travelling and playing East Coast Swing music since before he could shave and has been on the leading edge of the Atlantic Canadian bluegrass scene playing with his father, the legendary Carl Elliott. Bill is a multi-provincial fiddle champion, and can also play guitar, bass, mandolin and five-string banjo. With both J.P. and Bill having renowned skills for all things stringed, witnessing this musical partnership in action is bound to be simply electrifying and magical.