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. 


Guitar Clinics with Jim McLennan

Jim has been playing, performing and teaching guitar for 50+ years. 
Our world has changed due to Covid-19 and is now sharing guitar clinics in his home town of Turner Valley.

Location:  Sheep River Library, Turner Valley

Time:  7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  

Bring your guitar!

Check out the following 2 clinics.

Introduction to Fingerstyle Guitar

Tuesday Sept. 22        7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

This two-hour, hands-on workshop focuses on an understanding of basic fingerstyle guitar, specifically 

the importance of developing an independent right thumb.

We’ll look at a number of basic right-hand patterns, 

and move toward the goal of playing a melody against 

a steady bass line.
While the course will have a planned format, the final details will be determined by the class.

Attendees should know first position chords in the keys 

of C, G, D, A and E and be able to change chords while keeping steady time.

“If I was taking up or wanting to add fingerstyle guitar 

to my techniques I would seek out private lessons from or attend Jim McLennan’s clinic/workshops. He plays 

that stuff great and has a rep of being a fine teacher.”

--Amos Garrett

Colouring With Chords

Tuesday Sept. 29           7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Learn to let your ears guide your hands to more variety and emotion in your songs. We’ll look at easy ways to 

vary standard major and minor chords to add more interesting sounds. We’ll explore simple variations on “standard” chords, as well as look at easy three-note chords up the neck. Practical application of these principles (using them in songs) will guide the process. 

This workshop is for people who know the “standard” guitar chords but would like some ways to “fancy them up,” and get out of a rut, without having to become music-theory geeks.

Attendees should know basic first-position chords in the keys of G, C, D, A, and E.

McLennan Music


Isolation Music
In these most unusual of times many musicians are presenting on-line concerts from their homes. These have two purposes: First they are a way that musicians can continue to do what they do, which is show their craft to an audience. Second, if they make their livings entirely from music, the well just went completely dry for an unknown period of time and receiving donations from viewers is one way of partially mitigating their losses.

One Tune Concerts

We're fortunate because we don't depend on music for our entire income, and although Jim has joined the isolation-music age, we're making these videos available at no cost, simply as something people will enjoy. Jim has put a number of "One Tune Concerts" on Youtube. These are just that - performances of one song each, showcasing Jim's guitar playing. He also talks a bit about the tune, the technique used, or something relevant to his playing of that tune.

Have a listen and let us know what you think.

Home Bound Concerts

Secondly, Jim's friend and fellow musician, the great country singer/songwriter, Tom Cole, has started a series of "Home Bound Concerts." These feature Tom Cole on vocals and guitar,

Mike Dygert on bass, Beau Hughes on pedal steel, Clint Giesbrecht singing harmony vocals, and Jim McLennan on acoustic and
electric guitar. We're playing together but all playing from our homes. 

 Each concert is three songs, often with a special guest. 
Have a listen and enjoy.  "Tom Cole Homebound Concerts."

Jim & Lynda McLennan

Jim McLennan

Music with Jim McLennan

One Tune Concerts
- Listen Here

Tom Cole Homebound Concerts - Listen Here

Trevor Warke and Jim McLennan - Listen Here

Another series we would like to recommend is

Steve Bell:  Live from the Vault

Listen Here

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.

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

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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2020 Concerts

Dates to Follow

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 19 - 22

Oct 10

Kamloops Cowboy Festival

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

More information for the 2019 Festival

Feb. 7 or    Feb. 8 

Oct 10

A Night of Vocal Jazz presented by the Foothills Philharmonic Jazz Choir

Special Guests:  Jim and Lynda McLennan  

Feb. 7:   Salvation Army Church,  High River

Feb. 8:   Okotoks Alliance Church, Okotoks

Tickets:   Adults:  $20.00,  Students & Seniors:  $15.00, Children 12 & under: Free

Tickets available online or at the door

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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