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John Kerkhoven

Photo: Sharon Cheema


I sing and I play the harmonica. I am led by my ear, by the possibilities of the harmonica, and by the influence of the wonderful musicians I have the pleasure to play with.

I play in the blues-Celtic duo BluesReel with Patrick Hutchinson and in the jazz-blues group Mojo Vipers with Paul Serralheiro, Stephen Barry and Eloi Bertholet. I play country blues with Deacon George and am a member of the Roots of Rhythm Collective. I also perform solo.

I have performed with many artists on the folk, roots and blues scene in Montreal; I participate regularly at the Harmonica A Cappella events; and I teach the harmonica.


Photo: PlanèteCastor

BluesReel: Blues and Celtic Grooves

A contemporary harmonica-guitar duo in the folk tradition, BluesReel performs songs and tunes, old and new, from both sides of the Atlantic. A bunch we wrote ourselves.

John Kerkhoven, harmonica
Patrick Hutchinson, guitar

In 2016, we released our CD, Riverfield.

To find out about our upcoming shows, please visit our Web site:

Mojo Vipers: Bluesy-jazz and jazzy-blues

The Mojo Vipers is a blues band and a jazz ensemble rolled into one.

We perform blues and jazz classics by Louis Jordan, Nina Simone, Charles Mingus, Mose Alison, Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon, T-Bone Walker and more, as well as original compositions.

John Kerkhoven (h) / Paul Serralheiro (g) / Stephen Barry (b) / Eloi Bertholet (d)
(Aron Glazer on drums in the photo)

Brother John and Deacon George

John Kerkhoven and Deacon George: Country Blues

Deacon George and John Kerkhoven both sing from the same hymnbook: the blues, with its roots in the Black rural experience of the post-Reconstruction Era in America.

Playing blues from Mississippi, Georgia, the Carolinas, Texas and beyond, John and George take no prisoners in their high-energy and wide-ranging performances.

John Kerkhoven, harmonica
George Toufexis, guitar

John Kerkhoven

Photo: PlanèteCastor

John Kerkhoven Solo

I cut my teeth playing solo in the metro, belting out blues songs a cappella and playing harp through a small practice amp with reverb.

These days, my solo performances consist of my own arrangements of blues and folk tunes, as well as original compositions.

John Kerkhoven, vox and harmonicas and other tools of the trade.

Roots of Rhythm Collective

Photo: Emily Rose

Roots of Rhythm Collective

An eclectic ensemble of musicians and dancers united by their love of rhythm, collaboration and exploration.

Prepare to see tap dance, flamenco dance, blues, jazz and roots music culminating in a refreshing new take on these musical traditions.

James Annett, viola
Dennis Antonyswamy, flamenco dance
John Kerkhoven, harmonica and voice
Kara Miranda, flamenco dance
Emily Rose, tap dance and voice