In 2001 John Wort Hannam quit his teaching job and spent 10 months depleting his savings while sat at his kitchen table, wearing a lucky hat, writing his first ten songs. Those songs would become his first recording Pocket Full Of Holes, released in 2003.
Seventeen years later, the Alberta musician is releasing his seventh full-length recording Acres Of Elbow Room and has a few feathers in that lucky hat for his first six offerings. Feathers that include a JUNO nomination, a Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Album of the Year, a CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award, a Kerrville Texas New Folk win, and numerous Western Canadian Music Award and Canadian Folk Music Award nominations.
Recent years have seen a great deal of change in John’s life - becoming a Dad, turning 50, a move to the “big city” of Lethbridge, a long, deep bout of depression, and episodes of losing his singing voice. But John has emerged a better songwriter, a better singer, and a better player. On Acres Of Elbow Room, John has further refined his lyrical style and has landed squarely on his niche in the folk-roots world. He’s spent years learning the craft of songwriting and is taking those tools to write some of his most personal songs. He has, quite literally, found his voice.
Awards and Nominations
2019 Western Canadian Music Award Nominee – Roots Artist of the Year
2017 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest Grand Prize Winner
2013 Triple Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee
2010 Canadian Folk Music Award Winner - Contemporary Recording of the Year
2010 Western Canadian Music Award Nominee - Roots Recording of the Year
2010 JUNO Award Nominee - Roots and Traditional Solo Category
2009 Grand Prize Winner - Calgary Folk Festival Songwriting Competition
2008 Folk Alliance Music Award Nominee - Best Traditional Artist
2007 Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Winner
2007 Western Canadian Music Award Nominee - Songwriter of the Year
2007 Western Canadian Music Award Nominee - Roots Album of the Year
2007 Grand Prize Winner - Calgary Folk Festival Songwriting Competition
2005 Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee - Best Album of the Year
2005 Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee - Best Vocalist of the Year
2005 Western Canadian Music Award Nominee - Songwriter of the Year
2004 Grand Prize Winner - Calgary Folk Festival Song Writing Competition