December 31, 2022

What a year it’s been

Sheila, Amanda, Mark, Me, Jason and Drew after our Toronto Christmas Show

With 2022 nearly behind us I am looking forward to a great 2023, getting back on the road and touring with the band. It feels like we may be are over the worst but we must be prudent and look after ourselves. My live concert schedule continues to fill in, still  hoping for some festivals to fill in over the summer, and the fall tour is shaping up nicely for November and December 2023.

I want to thank all of you for your continued support. For staying with me and the band online and supporting us through our virtual concerts, on social media, and in person. Without your support it would have been a very tough road indeed – thank you.

I want to thank the members of my IT and social media team: Vera, Marc and Maury for making sure the website, YouTube and Facebook are up-to-date and growing, to ensure that the virtual concerts are edited and posted, and all our followers are kept up to date.

We have so many new things coming in the new year. If you have not joined yet, please consider subscribing to my YouTube channel. This year will be the 30th anniversary of my Danny Boy CD – the recording that launched my career and changed my life. We are planning a lot of interesting and fun things to commemorate and would love to have you be a part of it all.

If you haven’t seen it yet, we are putting together a series of “mug” shots – photos people take together with one of my new Danny Boy anniversary mugs. If you have one please take a photo of yourself with it and send it to us – we will post each one to our social media sites. 

Wishing each all of you a joyful, happy and healthy New Year. May this year be your best ever.

John, Jason, Mark, Drew, Sheila & Amanda

December 15, 2022

A Traditional Christmas

Join John, his band, and his special guests for a celebration of the holiday season. John will tell stories of Christmas’s past and perform a selection of his favourite yuletide music in this virtual concert special.

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March 25, 2022

My New (Birthday) Album

My present to myself, after months of recording, fine tuning and worry, is my new album As the Sky Gives the Ocean.

I worked with producer Mark Lalama to take you on a journey of song, through a life well lived and the lessons that come with age. For me it’s as personal as it gets, musically glorious, and full of inspiration. I hope you’ll take from it all that we’ve given.

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March 4, 2022

St. Patrick’s From Home 2022

Get out your green! John has a new Virtual Concert of Irish Music and Verse for your March 17th celebration.

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January 25, 2022

Music @ The Gardens

Coming in August 2022 – click for more info.

December 17, 2021

Merry & Bright

John presents a lively (and hopeful) virtual concert of yuletide favourites along with spirit-filled performances by his special guests, including:

• Stage and screen’s Cynthia Dale
• Harmonious folk duo Dala
• High-energy stepdancers The Pilatzke Brothers
• Award-winning Irish harpist Laoise Kelly
• Singer and multi-instrumentalist Méabh Begley
• Singer/songwriter Shari Ulrich

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December 7, 2021

Christmas is coming…

John is working on a new Christmas 2021 concert special…be sure to subscribe to get details when they arrive next week!

November 10, 2021

If Ye Break Faith

In honour of Remembrance Day 2021, join John and friends for a virtual concert of songs and stories in tribute to our Veterans and First Responders. 

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November 7, 2021

Back Home for Christmas

June 14, 2021

Here’s to Dad

Here’s our celebration of Dads for Father’s Day 2021. 

Featuring some of the biggest names in Canadian Music: George CanyonJohnny ReidGowanShari Ulrich all performing songs dedicated to the spirit of Fatherhood.

The program also features the pride of the Ottawa Valley, lively Step Dancers The Pilatzke Brothers, Button Accordionist Maebh Begley direct from the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland, and of course, several favourites from John McDermott and his band. 

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May 9, 2021

A Day For Mom

A virtual Mother’s Day concert for 2021, featuring songs and stories from my ever-growing family of talented performers:

• Stepdancers The Pilatzke Brothers
• Folk duo, Dala (featuring Sheila Carabine)
• Irish Accordion Master, Breannddán Ó Beaglaoich
• Folk duo, Kennedy Road
• Harpist, Laoise Kelly
• Singer/Songwriter Shari Ulrich
• Songwriting legend, Mickey Macconnell
• Méabh Begley, button-accordion
• And introducing Dizzy and Fay

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March 30, 2021

Spirit of Easter

Brighten your Easter this year with two albums of great inspirational music for one low price. These are songs special to my family with many chosen by my mother Hope.

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March 19, 2021

A Virtual Evening

Tickets available now.

March 5, 2021

St. Patrick’s From Home

Order now to join me for a virtual celebration of Irish music and verse with my friends from Canada and Ireland.

Here’s a sample of what you’ll be seeing (video).

My guests include: 
• Pipe master Davy Spillane
• Singer Méabh Begley 
• Stepdancers The Pilatzke Brothers
• Folk duo, Dala
• D’Arcy Broderick of the Irish Descendants 
• Country star, George Canyon 
• Songwriting legend, Mickey Macconnell 
• Cape Breton Fiddler, Rosie Mackenzie 
• Irish Accordion Master, Breannddán Ó Beaglaoich
• Uilleann Piper Jerry O’Sullivan
• Harpist and Irish Musician of the Year 2020, Laoise Kelly


December 3, 2020

A Family Christmas Concert

My holiday concert tradition, but virtual for this strange year 2020. Also includes a digital download of Christmas Memories.

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November 11, 2020

Lest We Forget

Join me today for a virtual concert in honour of our Veterans, on this Remembrance Day 2020.

As a bonus to the concert, you will also receive a digital download of my album If Ye Break Faith

LEST WE FORGET / Remembrance Day 2020 Virtual Concert

September 21, 2020

John Turner (June 7, 1929 – September 18, 2020)

He was a truly proud Canadian and loyal friend. I will miss our monthly get together.

Rest In Peace John

September 2, 2020

An evening for Veterans / September 6th

Watch the livestream video September 6th (online) of John and other great entertainers perform for this fundraiser and raffle with cash prizes. Click for more info and to register

August 4, 2020

Michael Peter Smith, 1941-2020

The first time I heard the song “The Dutchman” it was a rendition by Tommy Makem. The song immediately drew me in and I wanted to know who the writer was. I soon discovered Michael Peter Smith, born in New Jersey and residing in Chicago, his songs and stories were as personal as you could get. He spoke and sang about life and he could make you feel he was talking about you. When he sang his warm and enveloping, soft and deep voice and his strong and gentle spirit came through. Somehow he managed to sing to an audience of hundreds and you felt like he was singing and speaking directly to you. He had this wonderful ability to lock eyes with all of us at once and touch our hearts with every word.

I soon became a Michael Peter Smith fan for life and asked him to tour with us. After touring with us five times in Canada and the U.S., I asked Michael if he would like to get together and make a recording. We would highlight him and his masterful songs and storytelling. He agreed. On February 11th, 2005 we performed a live show at the Glen Gould Studio in Toronto with some of the finest musicians in Canada. The evening was titled “Just Plain Folk with John McDermott and Michael Peter Smith” and the result was enough songs and stories for 2 CDs, the first of which was released in 2005 as Just Plain Folk.

Michael and I taking our bows after the concert

I recall being in Chicago for a show and I called Michael to see if we could connect. I told him my musical director Jason Fowler was a big fan of his – placed him in the same ranks as Steve Goodman and John Prine – and would he be able to meet us for a few minutes. He most graciously did and when he arrived of course he had his guitar with him. We had a wonderful visit and Jason in passing asked him about a song the “Wonderful World Of Sex”. Michael explained how he would get together with Steve Goodman every time Steve came through town and they would write together. He then played the song and followed it up with a mesmerizing piece on life’s changes called “ZIPPY”. He had such a sharp and witty mind and we were blessed to have had that time with him.

Me with Paul Langlois and Michael

On August 3rd at 4:00 p.m. Michael passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends. His impact on my life and career is immeasurable and I will be forever in his debt for the lessons he taught me. I will miss him very much and will keep him with me in my music and life.

In tribute I am putting two of the tracks from Just Plain Folk up for a free download on my website today, so you too can sample his genius.


RIP my good friend. Your light will never be extinguished, for you shine on in so many of us.

– John


Please Support

McDermott House Canada is a registered charity dedicated to serving those that serve.

Our first project is in support of Veterans, First Responders and Community Patients as they enter the final stages of a terminal illness. In October of 2014, Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation in Toronto received $1.2 Million dollars from MHC to be used to rebuild and renovate the Palliative care unit at K-Wing.

If you would like to make a donation in support of McDermott House Canada, or to make an inquiry about hosting an event in support of our cause, please visit

on tour

  • September 30th 2023
    Newcastle, ON

    3 pm 

    Private Event
  • October 7th 2023
    Peoria, IL

    Spirit of Hope Mass for Cancer

    Hymns 3:30 pm - 4:00
    Mass.   4 pm - 5:00

    The Cathedral of St Mary
    607 NE Madison Avenue 

  • October 28th 2023
    Kitchener, ON

    John McDermott Quartette & Waterloo Regional Police Chorus

    Waterloo Mennonite Church 245 Lexington Rd. Waterloo.
  • November 4th 2023
    Grimsby, ON

    Private Event Grimsby

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