J.P. Cormier
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J.P. Cormier

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"J.P. Cormier releases the much anticipated "Take Five - a Banjo Collection"!"

J.P. Cormier releases the much anticipated "Take Five - a Banjo Collection"!

“TAKE FIVE… a Banjo Collection”!

This new recording features J.P. on all of his specialty instruments, there’s guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bass and more; with a special focus on banjo. “TAKE FIVE” rounds out a trilogy of projects released by J.P. over the past few years including the award winning “Primary Color… a Guitar Collection” (2002) and “X8… a Mandolin Collection” (2004). “TAKE FIVE” stands out among J.P.’s previous instrumental collections with the inclusion of FOUR vocal tracks, including a cover of the Beatles classic, “We Can Work It Out” and the bluegrass vocal standards, “Little Sadie” and “Shady Grove”.

This new CD has it all -- bluegrass standards, vocals, Celtic fiddle tunes rearranged for banjo, the Beatles and even Bach! It’s sure to become a favourite amongst your J.P. music collection. If anyone is looking for an introduction to the banjo and the wide range the instrument can have, this is likely one of the most listenable and accessible recordings one could ever choose.

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Complete Track listing:

Train 45
We Can Work It Out
Ole’ Miss
Invention #8
Little Sadie
Randy Lynn Rag
Twin Sisters
Tenor Set #1
Midnight Flyer

Les Barricades Mysterieuses
The Flying Dutchman
Angeline the Baker
Nashville Blues
Shady Grove
Tenor Set #2
Monique’s Hornpipe
Leavin’s Heavy On My Mind
Graveyard Shift

Recorded at Cormier Sound, Cap Lemoine, NS

Engineered, arranged, mixed, and mastered by J.P. Cormier

J.P. Plays all instruments and performs all vocals except where noted.

Produced by Andre Bourgeois

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TAKE FIVE… a Banjo Collection (2006)
Looking Back - Volume 1: The Instrumentals (2005)
Looking Back - Volume 2: The Songs (2005)
Primary Color: The Owner's Manual (2005)
The Long River: A Personal Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot (2005)
X8… a mandolin collection (2004)
Velvet Arm Golden Hand (2002)
Primary Color (2002)
Now That The Work Is Done (2001)
Heart & Soul (1999)
Another Morning (1997)
Return to the Cape (1995)



Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, sideman, innovator, recording artist, award winner. His names are many, but underlying that is a young man with an ancient soul who has traveled the world for the past 23 years bringing his unique brand of joy to audiences wherever he goes.

J.P. Cormier began playing guitar, self taught, at the age of 5 and quickly became immersed in the rich musical heritage of his Cape Breton roots. By the age of 9, he was considered a genuine prodigy and won his first guitar competition against 30 other players three times his age. By his mid-teens, it became obvious J.P. could play almost any stringed instrument he picked up. However it was his guitar playing which shone with his flawless executions of tunes he learned from records of giants like Chet Atkins and Doc Watson.

At 16, Cormier recorded his first album, a collection of bluegrass instrumentals. With the project in hand, he worked his way across the U.S. festival circuit - performing for anyone who might take notice. These appearances led to a move to the U.S., and 10 years of session work, live appearances, and many memorable nights at the Grand Ole Opry with such notable artists as Waylon Jennings, Marty Stuart, Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Charlie Louvin, and Vince Gill.

Since his return to Canada over decade ago, Cormier has released ten award winning recordings. The foundation for his highly anticipated fourth song collection has already been laid, and is slated for release in late 2006.

Fans of the writing traditions of Stan Rogers and Gordon Lightfoot tend to equate the name J.P. Cormier with "songwriter", even before multi-instrumentalist. As a performer, J.P. is known for his flawless delivery of original 'story songs', most often basing his lyrics on true events. Inspiration comes when he least expects it and, in his words, "I just hold the pen." The title track from J.P.’s Juno nominated Another Morning, among others, has been covered by countless artists across North America and overseas.

J.P.’s impressive body of work has earned him a vast and loyal fan base, and multiple award nominations and wins, including, most recently, Instrumental Album of the Year at the 1st Annual Canadian Folk Awards, the 2006 ECMA Folk Recording of the Year for “The Long River: A Personal Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot”, and a placing in the prestigious International Songwriting Competition.

J.P. Cormier brings his dazzling compositions and finger-work to the stage 250 nights a year in theatres, at festivals, and with symphonies as guest performer. He is accompanied by Hilda Chiasson-Cormier on piano and harmony vocals, and multi-instrumentalist Darren McMullen. No matter the combination, J.P.’s performances are simply electrifying.