“I didn’t write nothin’, I just held the pen,” says J. P. Cormier in response to fan adoration. You might say he can’t take a compliment. Then again, it’s probably his way of saying that his fans inspire him as much as he inspires them.
A multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter with the ability to “make the brilliant appear effortless”, he’s been described as the quintessential Maritime musician, for his songs about love lost, towns disbanded, fishermen killed by their trade. But his music — played on every instrument imaginable, with a precision that seems impossible, let alone at such speeds — is also about joy, hope, and love that survives. He’s a “mountain of a man” who certainly contains multitudes.