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Western Canadian folksinger/songwriter John Gogo is from a large musical family in Nanaimo. After a two year stint as a Chokerman in a logging camp, he began his professional musical career with his brothers Paul (Trooper) and Tommy in the progressive rock band Graphics, touring around BC and Alberta. In 1985 John switched gears and began playing his acoustic guitar in pubs, beer parlours and at folk festivals. He released his first album 'Coal & Wood' in 1990, with original songs about his family history in mining and logging. Tom Harrison in the Province called it “music with a sense of place and time”. Then came 'It Never Fails', more of a roots rock album released in ‘94, which included the cover and regional hit 'Baby Blue', featuring a Bill Henderson guitar solo (Chilliwack). More touring and TV appearances followed, from BC to Ontario, and his 3 music videos ('I Don't Even Know Her', 'String of Pearls' and the title track) enjoyed rotation on MuchMusic & CMT. The year 1997 saw the release of 'Leave a Light On', with the single and video 'Brown Eyes'.

The Victoria Times Colonist called John "one of the most talented singer/songwriters this area has ever produced" and the album "an atmospheric pop gem", a sound achieved with the help of co-producers Wayne Lorenz (Daniel Lanois, Emmylou Harris) and David Kershaw. In 2002 John began a side career, appearing in the Other Guys Theatre production 'Moodyville Tales'. Next up was the 5 year run of 'Good Timber - Songs and Stories of the Western Logger', this time as co-creator as well as performer. John released his 4th studio album 'One of These Days' in 2010, and for the first time he was the sole producer and songwriter, while he continued to tour 'Good Timber'. His 2015 release 'Coal & Wood (Revisited)' is a return to his early 'folk singer' days, featuring 2 songs from the original album plus a handful of new originals about people, places and historical events of Canada's western islands

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Home Base: British Columbia

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John Gogo
John Gogo
79 Pirates Lane
Nanaimo, BC
V9R 6R1

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