"One of the most talented singer songwriters this area has ever produced.”  Joseph Blake Victoria Times

Balladeer & actor John Gogo hails from a musical family in Snuneymuxw aka Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island. He's best known for writing and performing his folk songs about the people and places, the true and the tall tales of the Canadian west coast, the islands in particular. From Haida Gwaii to St. John's to Old Crow,  John has played community halls and big houses, festivals and pubs, theatres and beer parlours.

John Gogo has just produced his 6th lp ‘Western Balladeer’ which boasts 6 new John Gogo songs; Larry's Grandad, More Than He Dreamed, Cougar Annie, The Last Train, Chief Tony and Bella Cascadia. Tom Three Persons (Indian Cowboy) is a co-write with Ed Peekeekoot who also contributed electric guitar to the track. The hauntingly beautiful ballads D’Arcy Island and Sally June were written by Tobin Stokes and Alan Moberg respectively, with Stokes playing piano on his song and Moberg singing harmony on his.

The Morning After is another standout original. An unpublished Robert Service poem written circa 1905 on the back of a bank note, Service promptly gave it away to his banking colleague. Approximately 110 years later the poem was gifted to John for the express purpose of turning it into a song. After writing the music and a chorus lyric, John asked his brother Paul Gogo (Trooper) to play a barroom piano track. Ultimately recognizing its great duet potential, John invited Canadian folk music icon Valdy to lend his voice to the song.

'Western Balladeer’ also features John's daughters, singers Jeri Gogo and Jena Gogo along with Jena's partner Eric Duquette (aka ‘Duke & Goldie’) as well as Tyler Lieb on pedal steel guitar and bassist (and cousin!) Brent Gubbels. Other featured performers are David Essig on lap steel, Rick Scott and his Appalachian dulcimer while Dazy Weymer sang a bass vocal & Daniel Lapp played some sweet fiddle.  

'Western Balladeer' is on streaming services as of July 3rd, 2024. There are CDs too!