John Allan Cameron

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John Allan Cameron
Birth name John Allan Cameron
Born (1938-12-16)16 December 1938
Origin Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada
Died 22 November 2006(2006-11-22) (aged 67)
Genres Celtic, Folk
Labels Glencoe Records

John Allan Cameron, CM (16 December 1938 – 22 November 2006) was a Canadian folk singer, "The Godfather of Celtic Music" in Canada.[1] Noted for performing traditional music on his twelve string guitar, he released his first album in 1968. He released 10 albums during his lifetime and was featured on national television. He was a recipient of the East Coast Music Award's Lifetime Achievement Award and the Order of Canada, conferred in 2003.[2]

Biography[edit]

Cameron was born in Inverness County, Nova Scotia[3][4] to Dan L. Cameron and Catherine Anne (Katie Anne) MacDonald. Katie Anne (1914-1983) was the only sibling of renowned Cape Breton fiddler and composer Dan Rory MacDonald. In 1957 John Allan moved to Ottawa, Ontario where he studied to be a Roman Catholic priest through the Order of the Oblate Fathers. In 1964, a few months before ordination, Cameron obtained a dispensation from the church to pursue studies in education at St. Francis Xavier University, and eventually a career in music.[4][5]

He was a regular on Singalong Jubilee in the 1960s and he was later host of two Canadian television series. The first was the Montreal-produced John Allan Cameron on CTV from 1975 to 1976.[6] Guests included Stan Rogers, Edith Butler, The Good Brothers, Stringband, Colleen Peterson, Adam Mitchell (songwriter), Michael Cooney, Shirley Eikhard, Liam Clancy, Tommy Makem, Nancy White (singer-songwriter), Steve Goodman, and Rhythm Pals. Cameron would return to national television on CBC with the Halifax-produced The John Allan Cameron Show which ran from 1979 to 1981.[4][7]

Besides his numerous television and concert appearances, he performed at the Grand Ole Opry in 1970.[4]

In January 2005, Cameron was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome. Several benefit projects such as concerts and a tribute CD were produced to support costs resulting from his treatment of this cancer.[3]

On 22 November 2006, Cameron died in Toronto.[8]

Cameron's son, Stuart Cameron (musician) is also an accomplished musician.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album CAN
1968 Here Comes John Allan Cameron
1969 The Minstrel of Cranberry Lane
1972 Get There by Dawn 75
1973 Lord of the Dance
1976 Weddings, Wakes and Other Things 78
1978 Fiddle
1979 Freeborn Man
1987 Good Times
1991 Wind Willow
1992 Classic John Allan
1996 Glencoe Station

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Positions Album
CAN Country CAN AC
1972 "Streets of London" 4 single only
"Get There by Dawn" 11 Get There by Dawn
1973 "I Can't Tell You" 28 Lord of the Dance
1976 "Tie Me Down" 33 Weddings, Wakes and Other Things
1982 "Overnight Success" 15 single only
1996 "Getting Dark Again" Glencoe Station

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Moll, Michael (July 1999). "Music Traditions in Cape Breton". Folk World. Retrieved 2006-09-06. 
  2. ^ "Order of Canada citation: John Allan Cameron". Retrieved 2006-09-06. 
  3. ^ a b Quill, Greg (20 May 2006). "John Allan Cameron made Celtic cool". Toronto Star/Cape Breton Live Radio. Retrieved 2006-09-06. 
  4. ^ a b c d Guy, Greg (17 May 2005). "Honouring John Allan". Halifax Herald/Cape Breton Music. Retrieved 2006-09-06. 
  5. ^ Connors, Chris. "Concert for John Allan Cameron celebrates a life in Celtic music". Cape Breton Post/Cape Breton Music. Retrieved 2006-09-06. 
  6. ^ Wedge, Pip (February 2003). "John Allan Cameron". Canadian Communications Foundation. Retrieved 2006-09-06. 
  7. ^ "John Allan Cameron (among listings)". Queen's University Directory of CBC Television Series. Retrieved 2006-09-06. 
  8. ^ CBC News (22 November 2006). "John Allan Cameron: Celtic 'godfather' dies". CBC. Retrieved 2006-11-22. 

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