Presently captivating audiences as a solo acoustic act in the vibrant city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, James Ferris emerges as an electrifying live entertainer with undeniably captivating rock and roll flair. Boasting a remarkable 30 plus years of live performance expertise, he effortlessly assumes the role of a natural-born front-man, forging immediate and profound connections with eager listeners. An enigmatic storyteller, James weaves his musical tapestry with a mischievous grin and a raspy, soulful voice that exudes warmth. Through his heartfelt melodies and captivating sing-song anthems, he transports his listeners into an authentic and delightful experience. His arsenal includes a touch of lighthearted humor, ensuring that every moment is infused with sheer enjoyment.
With a vibe that’s part stadium show, part kitchen party, James’ live performances harness a traditional east-coast, throw-down energy with a heavy dose of raw vocal power at its centre. A dynamic performer with a bare-bones approach to arrangements of both originals and an extensive catalogue of cover songs, he’s as comfortable connecting with 20 people as he is 2,000, with a band or alone with acoustic guitar in hand.
While James regularly treats his audience to an eclectic fusion of 80s classics, Pop-Rock sensations, and the soul-stirring charm of Irish and East Coast tunes, he also takes great pride in promoting his own collection of original compositions, revealing his unwavering commitment to artistic innovation. While he astounds with his growling renditions of Great Big Sea and The Irish Rovers, and his covers of rugged vocal virtuosos like Springsteen, Mellencamp, and Bryan Adams never fail to impress, his reinterpretations of Blue Rodeo, The Tragically Hip, John Denver, and Van Morrison will linger in your memory well after the show is over.
Driven by an unwavering passion for live performances, James relentlessly seeks out opportunities to share his music, adapting to any format required, much like a seasoned journeyman traversing the realms of his craft. His journey began as a lead singer in a Halifax-based cover band, then venturing to Toronto where he thrived as an Original act. Notably, he has masterminded long-running weekly East Coast Kitchen Party shows in Hamilton and Ancaster, Ontario, cementing his reputation as a formidable entertainer.
Amidst the relentless grip of the pandemic, James ingeniously utilized the power of live streaming to maintain a profound connection with his devoted fans. Showcasing his talents three times a week, he masterfully curated a diverse lineup that featured Wednesday Originals, Friday Kitchen Party extravaganzas, and Saturday's ignited with the electric energy of 80s Pop-Rock. The culmination of his efforts manifested in a staggering peak of 10,000 views, a testament to his unwavering dedication and undeniable talent. However, as the pandemic persisted, he made the poignant decision to return to his roots in Halifax. Embracing the nurturing familiarity of his childhood home in Cole Harbour, James now resides in Timberlea, passionately cultivating his local following and expanding his loyal fan base.
James' unwavering commitment to his craft propels him to Ontario three times a year, where he joins forces with his beloved Kitchen Party band, Fried Balogna. This four-piece ensemble, featuring the enchanting blend of acoustic guitar, bass, banjo, accordion, and enthralling four-part harmonies, exudes an irresistible charm that envelops the audience in a transcendent musical journey.
Prepare to be captivated as James Ferris unleashes the soul-stirring power of folked-up rock and roll. With his charismatic stage presence, indomitable talent, and an unwavering dedication to his art, he is poised to redefine your musical experience. Brace yourself for an unforgettable journey into the realm of enchanting performance.