The world can be a complicated place. We all want meaning when things become complicated. Jack Harlan expresses the sound of the living – the sound of hope – to the grey, everyday-existence and brings his listener back to the best and oldest in themselves. With “a boldness as a writer that demands attention.” (Vancouver Province), Harlan’s post folk, no-nonsense, no-holds-barred, unpackaged and unprocessed pastoral, is the thinking person’s music you’d expect to find in the aftermath of Trump – a consoling voice parading against the social injustices of Western society. A companion of the heart, he is one who “holds court with just his voice and guitar” (FFWD/Calgary) and whose “visceral songs poke and prod at the great mysteries; mortality, death, life, love, guilt and loneliness, all figuring into his compelling vision.” Xpress/Ottawa.
Life for Jack began on the high prairies of Alberta, playing at a young age in barn halls, tourist trains, bar rooms, coffeehouses, festivals, campgrounds, missionary outposts and even at the circus a few times. A man, in a car with his guitar, travelling through North America he is a musician with a desire to be the vehicle of change. ‘Numerous artist’s have been tagged a ‘the next Dylan’, Harlan not only has the talent to wear such a mantle well, but the potential to exceed the labels.” Spledid/Chicago. His songs have been recorded by the CBC and Nettwerk Records, and used by Warner Brothers in TV shows as well as in various productions for film soundtracks. Other forms of inspiration that play a part in his writing include owning a business that sources specialized medicinal plant based foods from around the world, his love and passion for animals and their welfare which inspires him to live a vegan lifestyle and be an advocate for animals, and his trusted career as a licensed funeral director/embalmer that has been there on and off for the past twenty years. Jack is currently working on writing lyrics to new songs in coffee shops around Calgary Alberta where he currently lives, attending vegan potlucks around the city and working with others to be part of the change of consciousness and grass roots communities.
Art type: Live Music
Genre: Alternative, Americana, Folk, Rock, Roots, Singer/Songwriter
Home base: Calgary
Appeals most (but not limited) to: Has toured with Ron Sexsmith, Spirit of the West, shared stage with Tom Wilson, Blue Rodeo among others