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About John

Musically speaking, it is difficult to pin down Toronto, Canada based singer-songwriter John McKinstry. Upon first listen to his debut solo album 'Goliath Falling', you hear a unique big-sound mix of rock, soul, R&B, and reggae, with flavours from afro-pop to folk thrown in.

John is an earnest singer and a very lyrical songwriter. He weaves poetic stories about his experiences, stories of legend and lore and simple songs of love lost and found. The tracks on 'Goliath Falling' are tight, direct and soulfully delivered. The deep arrangements build on an earthy rhythm section, layered guitars, and full horn section, all provided by a powerhouse band of top Toronto musicians. The 13 songs range from straight up powerpop to reggae flavours, from upbeat soul vibes to plaintive guitar and voice.

John was born and raised in the east end of Toronto, Canada where sixties and seventies pop and rock was the soundtrack. Music took a firm hold as the 'new-wave' eighties rolled around when he toured as bass player and vocalist with classic rock'n'roll act 'The Wild Ones'. After seeing the best and worst of Canada's live venues throughout the eighties he became the bassist for legendary Toronto ska/reggae/dub band The Skanksters in the early-nineties, touring and recording two albums with them.

In between his musical endeavours, John has also managed to see a lot of the world, and his wandering travels figure prominently in his music. The songs on 'Goliath Falling' are the product of John's recent two-year walkabout, including his prolonged stay in southern Africa, which greatly affected his music. John's family background has allowed him to spend much time in Ireland, experiencing its musical energy. Much like another one of Ireland's favourite sons, Van Morrison, McKinstry seems to dip into a similar well for his inspiration, early rock'n'roll, soul and R&B, adding reggae to stir things up a little bit.