Saturday Woodland – Concert –3:00 – 3:50
Sunday in the Barn – Song Circle – 1:30 – 2:45
Sunday Grierson – All Blues – 3:15 – 4:30
When J.D Crosstown walks on stage an immediate hush falls over the crowd. His tall, lanky figure, flat brimmed hat and unassuming presence stirs enough curiosity and interest to quiet the room. He sets the stage with his easy wit and charm, making everyone laugh. And then he plays, his fingerpicking folk style reminiscent of old folk classics, like Lily of the West and Little Sadie. His voice, surprisingly deep, authentic, timeless and somehow still vulnerable at its roots.
J.D Crosstown grew up in Neyaashiinigmiing First Nation. Both Anishinaabe and Cree, J.D spent time on two different reserves. His father, from Chapleau First Nation, loved playing folk music in his spare time, mostly Dylan, while J.D listened intently in the background, fascinated by the many stories expressed in song and melody. J.D first picked up a guitar at age nine. Much too big for his tiny body, he would have to lay the guitar on his lap – difficult to imagine, as his guitar now looks small against his strikingly tall figure.
Being introduced to folk music led to years of listening to Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Jackson C Frank and Rambling Jack Elliot. These influences shine through in Crosstown’s style and lyrics. He is a storyteller. He captures the poignancy of a time and a place, of heartbreak, loss, hope, love, adventure and friendship.
At age 18 J.D Crosstown finally left the creative haven of his bedroom and began playing originals at coffee houses and open mics. The response was immediate, and within a year of performing live, J.D started playing full shows to large audiences. And everyone wants to listen, everyone is intrigued, and everyone loves a good story. And J.D Crosstown has a good story to tell.