James O’Halloran is a songwriter, blues and flamenco guitarist and teacher based in Ottawa, Canada. He is the creator of the Songcatcher Program, a former artist-in-residence at the Tohono O’odham Indian Nation in Sells, Arizona, a teaching artist at Flynn Center for Performing Arts, After School Director for King Street Center in Burlington VT and Walt Disney World Ambassador for Mickey Mouse’s 65th Birthday in Orlando Florida.
As a teenager James studied with jazz and blues guitarist Paul Asbell , and cut his teeth in the Vermont scene that included Phish and Pinhead. A Nashville Association of Songwriters member, he has been called “pure unadulterated Americana.” He has performed alongside blues legends Koko Taylor, Junior Wells, James Cotton, Big Joe Burrell, Bo Diddley, Chris Duarte and Johnny Clyde Copeland, and at festivals in the USA, Europe and Russia.
James O’Halloran has a Bachelor of Music in Composition and Theory from the University of Vermont where he studied with Dr. T.L. Read , Dr. Julius Williams and Thomas Geoghan. He has attended and performed with Classical Guitar Master Classes with Assad Brothers and Benjamin Verdery. After receiving a scholarship to the Cristina Heeren Foundation for Flamenco Arts in Sevilla, Spain, James studied flamenco with Miguel Angel Cortes and Eduardo Rebollar and in Madrid with Maestro Enrique Vargas. His varied work has been featured in print, television, radio, online and CD compilations. James has been a presenter and performer at universities, colleges, summer camps, and public schools throughout the United States.