James is one of the most distinctive and identifiable voices in the Canadian singer-songwriter community. His literate and layered storytelling over the course of nine recordings has earned him awards and acclaim from Australia to Scandinavia. A lover of history, his back catalogue includes timeless originals that mine the depths of the soul such as ‘Cold Missouri Waters’ and ‘Kiri’s Piano’, yet he manages to find a balance between the lighter and heavier sides of life. He has the gift of connecting with live audiences, an ear for a memorable melody and for harmonies that make those melodies glisten. Born in Calgary, the poet laureate of the folk and roots music world now calls Perth, Ontario home. Since 2011 he’s been the Artistic Director of the Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival in Owen Sound, ON.