For five years John Wort Hannam taught grade 9 language arts on the largest reserve in Canada – The Kainai Nation, part of the Blackfoot Confederacy. 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 learnt some chords. In 2002 he quit teaching and began to pursue the dream of being a working musician.
Thriving on live performance, John Wort Hannam is truly happy when he is on the road playing and connecting personally with an audience. He tours extensively in Canada and the US. His many appearances have included a 2009 Mainstage performance at the Kerrville Folk Festival, a 2008 performance at Trafalgar Square and the 2006 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC in conjunction to one of John's songs, “Church of the Long Grass” appearing on the prestigious Folkways recording label.
He tours actively as a solo, duo, trio, and at times as a four piece band with John on guitar, tenor guitar, and harmonica and his “guys” Tyler Bird on upright bass (he's also been known to sling an accordion in the van), Scott Duncan on fiddle, and Brad Brouwer on percussion. and will now spend the summer traveling, playing and gearing up for a fall release of “Queen’s Hotel” that will take him across the country and into the US.