John Dickie and guitar in St. Augustine

John Dickie

John's passion for singing and songwriting makes him a favorite in the local music scene.

John Dickie embraced St. Augustine in 2005 and became a respected musician and leader in the local music scene. Originally from Baltimore, John's original material often mentions his hometown. His songs can be poignant or funny, often tell a story, and are always accompanied by John's impeccable guitar work.

In addition to performing an impressive list of original songs, John plays covers, giving his own nuance to a classic by Willy, John Denver, or the Grateful Dead. John has played with several bands through the years, has led the John Dickie and the Collapsible B, played drums nearly every Saturday with the Free Rangers at the Farmers Market, and has performed frequently at the Mill Top Listening Room, Ann O'Malley's Pub, and other venues throughout St. Augustine. He has been on the board of the Gamble Rogers Festival and has been a frequent performer at that festival and others.

In late 2023, John and his family moved back to Baltimore to care for aging relatives. He'll be missed, and we will all look forward to his visits to the Ancient City. In the meantime, when we're in Baltimore, we hope to catch John and raise a glass with him at the Cat's Eye, but "not at the Pendry, because [we] don't have the class."

From "The Pendry " by John Dickie

"You can meet me at the Cat's Eye, 
Have a beer at the Horse, 
Stay late at the Wharf Rat, 
And Bertha's, of course.

But the one place you'll miss me 
Where I won't raise a glass, 
I'll never be at the Pendry, 
Because I don't have the class. 
I'll never be at the Pendry, 
Because I don't have the class."

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