Ron Sexsmith meets Richie Havens, Bruce Cockburn, and Daniel Lanois
Bruce Cockburn, Neil Young, Joni Mitchel, Richie Havens, Ron Sexsmith,
Daniel Lanois, Babatunde Olatunji, Beatles.
Songs by John Palmer
Everybody's Kissing In Paris
Gulf Isle Getaway
Only The Wind
Level of Experience:
ON MY WAY
By myself | With others
I prefer to write:
Lyrics | Melody
Gulf Isle Getaway, Sans Père, Enjoy The Ride, Only The Wind, Jewel, Salute, Lines To Write, Me, Newfieland, Occitune, Won't Be The Same, The Diamond Inside, , Everybody's Kissing In Paris,The Wonder Song (Theme to Knowledge Network Series - Observing And Recording Young Children), Best Friend, and The Cambrian Explosion.
The Cambrian Explosion 2013 (with Brighter Lights Thicker Glasses)
The Best Of Body Hum (currently being mixed)
The Great American Song Competition for Only The Wind
Du Maurier Search For Stars winner, UBC Certificate for Excellence in School Music, played percussion on 10 Carrot Charlotte (Juno Award Winner)
I am interested in:
Networking | Pitching Songs to Artists | Pitching Songs To Tv/Film/Etc. | Signing with a Label | Getting a Publishing Deal
John Palmer is a Vancouver singer-songwriter. He has won awards of Excellence For Music In Education, in Canada, and for his songwriting internationally (Great American Song Competition). He's written a theme song for a Knowledge Network Series, and has performed at Expo '86.
Palmer's love of Canada is evident in both subject (Gulf Isle Getaway and Newfieland), and language (Sans Père and Occitune). He claims that working in a scrap yard in Hull, Quebec, helped tune his ears “to the beauty of French”
When he lost 4 fingers in a logging accident he thought his days as a guitarist were over. Fortunately, his buddy handed him a marracca and said, “you're now a percussionist,” for this resulted in him learning West African drumming with the late Babatunde Olatunji.
His musical quest to eliminate the “dis” from disability also led him to revamping the autoharp's chordal palette, and his articles on this are published in provincial and national journals of music education.
Playing in an open-tuning, he has more recently returned to the guitar as his main instrument, and it's no surprise that his style is rhythmic and percussive.
“My early infuences were Bruce Cockburn and Richie Havens, and later, Ron Sexsmith” says Palmer, “I'm ruled by rhythm and a good story.”
Palmer also enjoys performing with Brighter Lights, Thicker Glasses, a Vancouver trio. “You've gotta love playing music with people willing to try any idea, and I hit the jackpot with these guys” he beams.