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"John killed it. People who attended the event are still talking about his performance...That's what he does as a performer - connects - and I hope I'll get to experience that for years to come. "

-Preetam Sengupta, Northern Power Summit

“...damn, this is an impressive and mature-sounding collection by any standard, never mind for such a young artist.” - Roots Music Canada

With stories and songs straight from a Canadian campfire, London, ON based troubadour John Muirhead is a soon-to-be Canadiana icon. His award-winning song collection tells tales of love, loss, ambition, and living on the road, set to a fresh indie-folk backdrop. John's extensive touring and his ability to sleep anywhere has taken him far and wide, playing shows in living rooms, theatres, festival stages, and moving trains across Canada and the Northeast US.

Lyrically and musically, John leaves it all on stage, channeling Leonard Cohen, Frank Turner, The Weakerthans, and Julien Baker. In the three years since the release of his debut EP Yesterday’s Smile, John has been nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award, toured relentlessly across Canada, and has graced the stages of legendary festivals including The Winnipeg Folk Festival, Home County Music and Arts Festival, Sawdust City Music Festival, and many more. His touring efforts have landed him coveted opening slots for Joel Plaskett, Craig Cardiff, and VACAY. John has also released two follow-up EPs, Foundational (2018) and Head Stays Down (2019). 

John's debut full-length album is set to release spring/summer of 2020. Excitement for this release is high, as the project has already raised over 140% if it's initial crowdfunding goal. The release will be met with a full tour of Canada, many dates including a full band. 

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"Absolutely Captivating" - Imperfect Fifth

"A real talent for writing, a true sense of melody, and a voice that sets him apart from other artists" - Music For Your Heart

"Breathes new life and vitality into the folk rock genre." - When the Horn Blows

"a budding and talented new songwriter" - Juliette Jagger, A Journal of Musical Things

"Endearingly Passionate" - The Western Gazette

 

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