J.P. Cormier J.P. Cormier’s farewell to touring stops in the city where he was born on Friday. It may still surprise some fans of the Cape Breton-raised multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter – but Cormier was born in London. Friday’s concert at Aeolian Hall is billed as his last show in London. After decades on the road, Cormier is stepping back to concentrate on composing and producing. A brilliant guitar player as a boy, he went on session work in the U.S. Cormier has shared his music with such stars as Waylon Jennings, Marty Stuart, Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Charlie Louvin, and Vince Gill. He began adding his own songs to the Celtic/bluegrass/roots mix he had mastered, often basing his story songs on true events. Among the most moving of recent years is Autumn Girl, written after a new relationship began to heal Cormier following a shattering breakup. Cormier was born in 1969 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in London. He grew up in a neighbourhood off Clarke Rd. and attended Lord Nelson elementary school. But his father died when he was still young and the family went back to Cape Breton. On an earlier London visit, Cormier recalled a principal at Lord Nelson who looked out for him – he was often ill as a boy – and encouraged the youngster. Cormier couldn’t be sure, but thought the principal’s name was Mr. Lancaster. East Coast swing stars the Elliot Brothers are also on Friday’s 8 p.m. bill. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 at the door of the 795 Dundas St. (at Rectory) hall. Visit aeolianhall.ca or call 519-672-7950. E-mail , read James’s blog read his column or follow JamesatLFPress on Twitter.