McLennan Music

Jim and Lynda McLennan have been musically active in southern Alberta for many years. Lynda was the founder of the Big Rock Singers in Okotoks and Jim has performed solo and in groups most of his adult life. Today they perform mainly as a duo and specialize in arranging and adapting songs from all genres to their two-voice/one guitar format.

Jim also performs with his brother Hugh in the trio, "Western Spirit." Along with performing, 

Jim teaches guitar and is active as a session guitarist, playing on other artist's recordings.  

Lynda McLennan taught high-school music for many years, working with choirs, bands, jazz choirs and was music director for several Mainstage musicals. She has directed church choirs and retired after 15 years as the Founder / Director of the Big Rock Singers, a community choir in Okotoks, Alberta.  Her first love, though, is singing, and in performance she puts her personal stamp on tunes from Gershwin, Foster, Berlin, and others, in a musical style that can best be described as "folk jazz." 

Jim McLennan’s reputation as a fingerstyle guitarist, composer and arranger has produced an enduring legacy as one of Alberta’s finest guitarists. He recorded for Stefan Grossman’s iconic Kicking Mule record label in the 1970s, and has been featured in Guitar Player magazine. 

Jim's first solo CD, Six-String Gumbo,  was a Western Canadian Music Award finalist for Instrumental Recording of the Year.

Jim & Lynda McLennan

Jim & Lynda McLennan

An evening of 'folkjazz'!

Mikey's on 12th

Nov. 15, 2019

Jim & Lynda McLennan

Music 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

No Cover

Join us for a glass of wine and a bite to eat.

918 - 12th Avenue, Calgary,  Alberta

Available for House Concerts

and other Performance Venues

A Jim and Lynda McLennan performance includes instrumental guitar pieces from 

Jim and vocal tunes from Lynda. One moment it’s a “folkafied” version of a standard 

like Ain’t Misbehavin’ or Fly Me to the Moon, next up might be an acoustic nod to the 

R&B world of Sam Cooke or Curtis Mayfield. The only criteria for a McLennan 

interpretation of a tune is that it be a great song.

Much of their music is recognized and loved by their listeners. Seasoned performers, their genuine and engaging stage demeanor immediately puts audiences at ease. 

They have performed at Festival Place in Sherwood Park, the mid-Winter Roots and 

Blues Festival in Edmonton, the On the Edge Concert Series, Carlson’s on Macleod in High River, the Room Full of Sound concert series in Okotoks, Mikey’s Juke Joint in Calgary, the Blue Chair in Edmonton, the Canmore Folk Festival, and at numerous house concerts and other acoustic music venues. For information on booking Jim and Lynda McLennan, or for information on how to host a house concert, please send an email.

Please have a listen to a few samples of our music over the years.

In the Kitchen with Jim and Lynda McLennan - Where Did it Go? by Nathan Tinkham

Northern Lights Lodge July 2018

Check out the following YouTube link for a sample of Jim and Lynda's music at the

Room Full of Sound Concert Series in 2015, Okotoks, Alberta.

Enjoy a few more instrumental guitar selections by Jim McLennan

 Blue Finger

 Lady Madonna

  Mississippi Blues

Jim performing Live at Blue Chair Cafe, Edmonton,

at the Edmonton Winter Roots and Blues Roundup,

sponsored by Folkway International.

Sweet Tooth - an original tune             Amazing Grace on electric guitar

A Room Full of Sound Concert Series

2019 Concerts

Looking forward to our coming music season.  Hope you can join us at one or more of our concerts.

More concerts are being booked each week.  Please come back often to check what's new.

March 8


Grande Prairie

Private function with Western Spirit Band

March 14 - 17

Oct 10

Kamloops Cowboy Festival

Western Spirit Band with Hugh McLennan, Jim McLennan and Mike Dygert.

Jim will also be performing with Charlie Ewing, and Ben Crane.

More information for the 2019 Festival

March 30

Oct 10

Millarville Community Library/School

Millarville Alberta

This is a small room which will make for an intimate concert setting.                              Music 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Call 403-931-3119 to reserve your spot.   Tickets. $20.00

April 12


Rocky Mountain Folk Club, Calgary

Jim and Lynda McLennan are featured at the Alberta Showcase Evening.

Information at

April 25


Spirit of the West Cruise Reunion

Private function, Red Deer, AB. 

Western Spirit Band with Hugh McLennan, Jim McLennan and Mike Dygert.

June 1

Oct 10

Country Store Diner

Jim and Lynda will be performing at the Country Store Diner in Turner Valley as part of Diamond Valley Days. Watch the parade in Black Diamond in the morning then come to Turner Valley for the outdoor market and fun activities.

Music: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. no cover. Come for lunch/coffee and to relax. Hope to see you there.

Turner Valley, Alberta

August 9 + 10

Oct 10

Ivan Daines Country Music Pick Nic

Innisfail, AB  

Western Spirit Band with Hugh McLennan, Jim McLennan and Mike Dygert.

More information to come.

August 16

Oct 10

Stony Plain Cowboy Gathering

Stony Plain, Alberta

Western Spirit Band with Hugh McLennan, Jim McLennan and Mike Dygert.

More information to come.

Oct. 5

Oct 10

Tribal Connection Market

41 McRae St.,  Okotoks,  Alberta

Jim  & Lynda McLennan

Doors Open:  7:00 p.m. Music 8:00 p.m.     

Cost:  Donation     

Join us for a glass of wine and a bite to eat.

Reserve tickets:  403-998-1898

Oct. 11

Oct 10

Oldman River Brewing

Lundbreck, Alberta

Jim & Lynda McLennan

Music  6:30     Cost:  $10.00

A craft brewery / restaurant just off Hwy.3 in downtown Lundbreck

Nov.  15

Oct 10

Mikey's on 12th

918 - 12 Ave,  Calgary, Alberta

Jim & Lynda McLennan

Time:  4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Current CD's available

Dancing On Air            Six-String Gumbo          In Times Like These

Cost:  $15.00 per CD        

Send an email to order

Six-String Gumbo

This is Jim's solo instrumental acoustic guitar CD, which was a Western Canadian Music Award finalist for Instrumental Recording of the Year. The songs include Jim's original compositions, and Jim's arrangements of tunes from the likes of Scott Joplin, Billy Joel, and Lennon and McCartney.

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In Times Like These

This is a recording of hymns and gospel tunes that features Jim's long time friend, 

Trevor Warke.  

Trev has an outstanding voice and has arranged these songs in a style reminiscent of Gordon Lightfoot. Jim's guitar adds some colour to these timeless songs of faith, including "How Great Thou Art," "The Church's One Foundation," and "Love Lifted Me." 

Current CD's Available

$20.00 per CD

$15.00 each for 2 or more.

Send an email to order.

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Other CD's that feature Jim's playing.

Jim has played guitar on a number of artists' CDs over the years. 

Here are some of them:

Quarter Section, by Meaghan McKenzie

Chronicles, by Tom Cole

Other People's Cattle, by Cowboy Celtic

The Creak of the Leather, by Hugh McLennan

World Weary, by Joe Cunningham

Between Heartache and Hope, by Dianne Quinton

Wailback, by Sid Marty and Wailback

River, by Steve Fisher

Runaway Remuda, by Ryan Fritz


If you're interested in having  Jim play on your recording,

send him an email.

Jim and Lynda McLennan   [email protected]

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