“Hannam’s narrative, achingly resilient writing approach hooks the listener immediately. The real deal. More please.” – SHINDIG MAGAZINE
John Wort Hannam comes from a long line of people who make a living using their hands. His great-great grandfather drove horse and buggy for the village doctor. His great-grandfather was a stevedore, his grandfather, a farmer and his father still works as a master carpenter.
For five years John Wort Hannam taught grade 9 language arts on the largest reserve in Canada – The Kainai Nation, part of the Blackfoot Tribe. But in 1997 he heard a Loudon Wainwright III record and was hooked by the music and the stories. In 1998 he bought a guitar and by 2002 had quit teaching and began to pursue the dream of being a working musician. Wort Hannam now carries on the tradition of making his living with his hands, both writing and playing music.
He independently released his debut CD “pocket full of holes” in 2002 and his 2nd CD “Dynamite and ‘Dozers” in 2004. His third CD “Two-Bit Suit” was released by Black Hen Music in the spring of 2007…“Queen’s Hotel” is Wort Hannam’s fourth full-length recording.
John Wort Hannam is truly happy when he is on the road playing and connecting personally with an audience. He tours extensively in Canada, US, and the UK as a solo, duo, trio, and at times full band.