James Keelaghan


Juno Award winning singer-songwriter James Keelaghan is one of Canada’s most successful and respected musicians, and one of the brightest stars on the world folk scene today. He has released 12 albums, including a 25-year retrospective, and regularly tours North America, Europe, the UK, and Australia. James has an uncanny knack for finding incredible stories and turning them into finely crafted songs. A commanding performer, he develops an intimate rapport with audiences through his stories and sense of humour, and then leaves them spellbound with passionate renditions of songs that touch on universal emotions and relate historical events to the present. This will be James’ fifth time at Celtic Colours. He last performed at the Festival in 2017 as one of that year’s Artists in Residence. One of his responsibilities in this role was to lead a weeklong songwriting session collaborating with writers from across Canada, the results of which were presented in the concert Songs from Scratch during the Festival.

Festival Performances

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