His work shows a sense of contemplation and stillness combined with a comical inclination of the surreal.He has a deep understanding of the spirit of myth, fable, and folklore. Of his music, John says, "I try not to trap my music in any style since this can be very dangerous. My music is sometimes magical, sometimes exotic, but at other times, sinister". With a willingness to experiment.
I call it imaginative songwriting. The styles i have dabbled in are rock, country, blues, folk, soul, jazz, hillbilly, pop as in popular, bluebeat, spoken word, celtic, and a little bluegrass. "I try to do what the poetry tells me to do". "I also do a number of pen and ink drawings of characters that magically reappear in my songs". John was born in Toronto on September 17, 1960, and studied classical piano at the age of six. Since his father was in the air force, he lived in various places including Toronto, Ottawa, London (England), Cold Lake Alberta, as well as Lahr, Germany, where he found himself at the age of 14, studying the guitar. At the age of 16, he started playing in the bands Albatross and Celsius, and toured in the Black Forest region of Germany. By 1980, John returned to Toronto and began performing with the band Tulpa, who were early pioneers of the Queen Street scene.
In 1983 John began his recording career with the release of Tulpas' first single "Apologize to Your Mother" followed by his first LP "Mosaic Fish". In 1990 he released his first solo recording called Library of the Sun. The Follow up won him a Canadian Juno Award. Songs with the Ornamental Hermits. He received a Socan songwriting award his first top ten hits in Canada with the recording Blackberry. There have been many recordings since.
The following are his contributions to the world of music and literature: Discography: Tulpa Recordings: 1983 Apologize/Mytical dreams, Single. 1985 Mosaic Fish Midnight Music, U.K. 1986 Live at GBGB's Off the Board Records, New York City. SOLO Recordings: Library of the Sun 1990 Songs with the Ornamental Hermits 1992 Blackberry 1995 Raggle Taggle 1998 The Crown of Life (Part 1) 2000 The Crown of Life (Part 2) 2002 Star in the Singing Grove 2004 Songpoet 2007 BOOKS Triskelion 1995 Here's the Candy 2001 Star in the Singing Grove 2004 Address and contact: John Bottomley The Crane/Bag Label PO Box 345 Bowen Island, B.C. VON 1G0 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web address: www.johnbottomley.net Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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