"I can make my Guitar and play it too"
John McNamee was born, raised and resides in the Greater Vancouver area.
Since a young age he's had a creative drive in music and woodworking and a curiosity of how things work. With a natural trait of working with his hands, his method of learning has been one of trial an error in gaining experience. A preference of building a birdhouse over sitting in a classroom. He attended piano lessons for five years, but gained little knowledge in sight reading. With a strong ear, his learning style has been one of "sound" memory. He fell in love with the harmonica, no sight reading required. Influenced by the likes of James Cotton and Paul Butterfield he was never without a harp in his pocket.
Soon after he picked up a guitar and started learning chords. After a while he thought, maybe I can build my own guitar. He bought a book on guitar building and with his woodworking knowledge completed his first guitar. After building four instruments, In 1985 he enrolled at Douglas College for a year long course in stringed instrument construction. John excelled in the program under the instruction and guidance of Michael Dunn. He continues to craft exquisite instruments, some regard works of art.
John has had a long-time passion of writing songs. Influenced by many artists, listeners describe his musical style as that of Americana. A mix of country, blues, folk and rock.
He readily admits that music creativity has been an outlet and personal therapy for struggles with addiction and mental illness. If I can honestly share feelings through a song, it helps to diminish the sting of shame and reduces the power of the "monster". If a listener can relate, all the better, shine a little light on what shouldn't be a dark issue.
John engages in many other interests such as spirituality, cycling, politics, social justice and income inequality.
He lives simply, a material minimalist, but feels abundance of life by amazing grace.