January 27, 2016

It’s so hard to say goodbye


Our dog Jimmy was a wonderful dog. He was the sweetest most loving and gentle spirit. A friend and companion for 10 glorious years. He was our treasure.

Jimmy passed peacefully in Agnieszka’s arms today.

Jimmy “Showtime” McDermott, left us after battling a foe that couldn’t be beat. He brought us 10 years of love, laughter and joy, and was a daily companion to Agnieszka. His presence will be missed but the memories are forever.

John, Agnieszka and Sunny (Jimmy’s wee boy)

January 5, 2016

Happy New Year – in space!

Expedition 46 crew portrait with (from left) Commander Scott Kelly and Flight Engineers Mikhail Kornienko, Sergey Volkov, Timothy Peake, Timothy Kopra and Yuri Malenchenko. Photographer: Robert Markowitz

Expedition 46 crew portrait with (from left) Commander Scott Kelly and Flight Engineers Mikhail Kornienko, Sergey Volkov, Timothy Peake, Timothy Kopra and Yuri Malenchenko. Photographer: Robert Markowitz

Over the new year, John was able to speak with (and sing for!) the astronauts of the International Space Station.

Click to listen (mp3)

December 25, 2015

Season’s greets!


It has been a wonderful and exciting year and once again 2016 is shaping up to be one of our busiest with shows from coast to coast. We tour British Columbia and the Prairies in April and May, then Atlantic Canada in the Fall followed by our annual Christmas tour of Ontario and U.S. destinations.

Jason, Maury, Mick and I look forward to seeing you all soon. We want to wish everyone a joyful and Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year .


December 21, 2015

Friends of McDermott House Canada

Registration for the 2016 Friends of McDermott House Canada Charity Golf Tournament & Concert is now live on Please review it and register your foursomes. As you will see after filling out the registration form you will be directed to McDermott House Canada’s web site for payment.

Click here for complete information and a registration form.

December 2, 2015

Raised On Songs & Stories (NOW AVAILABLE)


Raised on Songs & Stories is a new kind of recording, borne of a collaboration between me and musician/arranger Eric Robertson.

For the last ten or so years Eric Robertson and I have toyed with the idea of recording an album with no breaks, no silence between the tracks – just one single, continuous flow of music from start to finish. That idea finally bloomed this year.

All of the songs you will find here are ones that I have enjoyed my entire life, deeply rooted in my Scottish heritage—but with the occasional nod to my Irish ancestry—with “Dublin in the Rare Ould Times” and  “Yesterday’s People” (written by Finbar Furey) truly heartwrenching.

Eric’s skill as a musician and arranger shine through in many places, but particularly in two medleys “The Way It Was” and “Aunt Margaret’s Mirror” – as well as short musical interludes that link each song together. Truly beautiful.

“And I no more Shall be Passing this Way” is very special to me. It was  written by Darcy Broderick (Irish Decendants) for my father shortly after his passing in 1995. I think it’s a beautiful tribute to “my old man”.

Songs include: Auld Lang Syne • The Way It Was (a medley of four of our favorite Scottish songs. “Kate Dalrymple”, “Auld Reekie”, “Road to the Isles” and “The Skye Boat Song”) • Leezie Lindsay • Ae Fond Kiss • The Rare Ould Times • The Bluebells of Scotland • Aunt Margaret’s Mirror (a set of four Scottish airs: “Almond Water”, “Lord Balgonie’s Favorite”, “O’re the Hills and Far Away”, and “The Lee Rig”) • The Rose of Allendale • Comin’ Thro’ the Rye • Yesterday’s People (written by Finbar Furey of The Fureys) • The Loch Tay Boat Song • Flower of Scotland • I No More Shall be Passing this Way

Now available for purchase from my online store.


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For the past 16 years, PC Financial® and PC® Insurance have been committed to supporting the communities we serve and continues to welcome opportunities to collaborate with organizations and initiatives that enrich the lives of Canadians.

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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 or contact Stephanie Wilsack, Executive Director of MHC at 416 236 9000 ext. 1

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