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Juno Award-winner James Keelaghan to perform in Sidney

Six-city British Columbia tour includes stops in Courtenay, Duncan
James Keelaghan will stop in Sidney on Feb. 12 during his B.C. tour. (Photo supplied)

Juno- and Canadian Folk Music Award-winning singer-songwriter James Keelaghan is promoting his 11th solo album with a six-city British Columbia tour, which includes a stop in Sidney.

The B.C. tour features Keelaghan and his long-time collaborator and friend, David Woodhead.

“I’m happy to be returning to a lot of my old haunts in the next few months,” said Keelaghan, who has played two of the Island’s preeminent festivals - Vancouver Island MusicFest and the Filberg Festival.

His latest album, Second-Hand, has been receiving accolades and airplay throughout North America.

Keelaghan received a CFMA nomination for Solo Artist of the Year on the strength of the album, and Second-Hand was named The Penguin Eggs/Roots Music Canada 2022 Critics’ Album of the Year.

Keelaghan was quick to distribute the praise.

“I had a lot of fun recording it, mostly in Montreal, with producer Bill Garrett and engineer Gilles Castilloux,” he said in a press release. “I also got to work with some amazing musicians – longtime friend and bass player extraordinaire David Woodhead, drummer Alan Lalonde, and keyboards from the amazingly funny Bob Stagg. It’s been on my mind the past few years that I wanted to have more piano in the music, and Bob played some beautiful stuff. A dream come true. I was also able to get backing vocals from Pharis and Jason Romaro and Kelly Prescott.”

Keelaghan and Woodhead are also performing in Courtenay, Duncan, Bowen Island, Mission and Vancouver during this tour. The Sidney stop is at the Mary Winspear Centre on Feb. 12. For more information, go to

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