John Allan Cameron, (16 December 1938 – 22 November 2006) was a CM Canadian folk singer, "The Godfather of Celtic Music" in Canada. Noted for performing traditional music on his [1 ] 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 ] He moved to [4 ] Ottawa, Ontario in 1957 where he studied to be a Roman Catholic priest through the Order of the Oblate Fathers. But 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 on John Allan Cameron CTV from 1975 to 1976. Guests included [6 ] 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 which ran from 1979 to 1981. The John Allan Cameron Show [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
leukemia. Several benefit projects such as concerts and a tribute CD were produced to support costs resulting from his treatment of this cancer. [4 ] [3 ]
On 22 November 2006, Cameron died of bone cancer in
Toronto. [8 ]
Cameron's son, Stuart, is also an accomplished musician in Nova Scotia.
Discography [ edit ]
Here Comes John Allan Cameron —
The Minstrel of Cranberry Lane —
Get There by Dawn 75
Lord of the Dance —
Weddings, Wakes and Other Things 78
Freeborn Man —
Good Times —
Wind Willow —
Classic John Allan —
Glencoe Station —
Singles [ edit ]
"Streets of London"
"Get There by Dawn"
Get There by Dawn
"I Can't Tell You"
Lord of the Dance
"Tie Me Down"
Weddings, Wakes and Other Things
"Getting Dark Again"
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