Joe Callahan is a folk/roots/blues singer-songwriter who first performed professionally over 40 years ago as a singer and drummer in a country-rock band called The Rivermen.
Continuing to develop his finger style guitar playing and writing songs with social justice underpinnings, in 2011, he co-produced his first CD Watching the Light (available on I-Tunes and Apple Music) with friend and collaborator Tim Campbell and released it independently to positive reviews, but limited distribution. (He and Campbell had previously produced Handmade Music, a live-to-tape radio show broadcast in eastern Ontario for four years in the 1990s.
In 2013, he elected to devote most of his time to producing and performing live music and he was invited to help create, host and co-produce Night Kitchen Too, a musical variety show at the Pinnacle Playhouse in downtown Belleville. The show is in its fifth season.
In November 2017, following the success of live presentations of “Live is Where it Lives” for audiences at the Roy Bonisteel studio in the Old Church Theatre just north of Trenton, Ont., Joe finalized plans to have the show produced for TV with YourTV in Belleville at Signal Brewery. The show is broadcast weekly in the Quinte district of eastern Ontario.
Joe recorded new original material with multi-instrumentalist Peter Snell and bass player Mike Acerra and under the direction of co-producer Rett Wills his second CD, Street Level High will be released in September 2018. To hear tracks and order downloads, go to: https://joecallahan2.bandzoogle.com/home
Joe continues to engage in his favourite pastime hosting and performing at regular jams in the Quinte area on behalf of the Loyal Blues Fellowship (loyalblues.ca) and for Signal Brewery.