John McDermott

Genres: World
Tags: folk celtic tenor christmas Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s
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1956, Priesthill, Glasgow, Scotland. Although unable to read or write music, John McDermott has done much to keep traditional Celtic music alive in Canada, where he moved as a nine-year old child. Despite having a musical father, to whom he dedicated his 1995 album, Love Is A Voyage, McDermott never considered singing a viable career when he was a young man. Instead, he became a shipper and salesman for a chemical company, before starting work in the circulation department of the Toronto Sun. It was that newspaper’s proprietors, who, after hearing him sing at a staff party, encouraged him to become a professional. McDermott’s repertoire of Scottish and Irish songs has been in demand, both in Canada and the USA, ever since. His 1992 debut, Danny Boy, which was financed by local Toronto businessmen, sold close to 200, 000 copies domestically. Although his subsequent releases were initially unable to uphold that sales profile, each sold well and McDermott...

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