The home he makes with his wife and two young daughters in the close-knit community of Gabarus Lake, Cape Breton, both in and out of doors, is a source of songwriting inspiration that seemingly never goes dry. Jason draws on the stories of his family — including his grandparents — who had deep roots in the Gabarus Lake area, not to mention his own experiences fishing lobster, building houses, crafting furniture, growing Christmas trees, hosting a radio program, and, of course, writing songs and playing his music for fans from Mabou to Milwaukee.
He draws inspiration from his listeners as he travels a steady circuit that includes Cape Breton, mainland Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and the New England states, not to mention the fellow singer-songwriters he interviews on his show “Meet The Music” on The Coast CKOA 89.7FM radio station.
Joining Jason for Celtic Colours this year will be Wally MacAulay on guitar and vocals, Anita MacDonald on fiddle, and Adam Young on piano.
In addition to his work as a sideman, Jamie is also highly sought after for his musical direction and band leading skills. This has led to countless calls for television, radio and live engagements including several years as musical director and house-band leader for the nationally televised East Coast Music Awards, musical director for the Canada Winter Games opening and closing ceremonies, and musical director for ‘Come On In’ – Atlantic Canada’s musical contribution to the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.
As a producer, Jamie is perhaps best known for his work with multiple awardwinning singer/songwriter Dave Gunning, having produced six of his recordings, including his latest, ‘No More Pennies’. In 2011, Jamie produced the latest release by Raylene Rankin. Jamie is also a prolific songwriter having written with and/or for such artists as Jimmy Rankin, Patricia Conroy, Gordie Sampson, George Canyon, Small Town Pistols (Amanda and Tyler Wilkinson), Melissa Rae Barrie, Jason McCoy, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Dave Gunning, Carleton Stone and many others.