JOHN SHERMAN has been a performer of traditional and Celtic music for the last two decades. Early involvement with string bands playing traditional American music led to an abiding interest in the Scottish and Irish elements of that repertoire, which in turn led to study of the native musical styles themselves.
While John has played a variety of instruments (fiddle, bouzouki, banjo and Highland bagpipes) while working in this area of music, he is first and foremost a guitarist, and has arranged over sixty Irish and Scottish melodies for that instrument, some of which can be heard on his two solo recordings, "Farewell to the Creeks" (1987) and "So Inclined" (1996). The albums have received critical acclaim in the nationally circulated musical magazines Sing Out!, Dirty Linen and Acoustic Guitar, and have garnered airplay across the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Ireland and even in the new central European country of Slovenia. In March of 1998 Mel Bay Publications issued a bound volume of 28 of John's transcribed pieces (including the "So Inclined" CD) that is now being marketed internationally.
In addition to his solo work, John was also a founding member of INISHEER, long one of Ohio's most highly regarded Celtic concert bands, which also released two recordings "Sounds from the Atlantic"(1993) and "Rainbands"(1994). INISHEER received the Columbus Music Award for Best Ethnic Band in 1994.
John has also been active over the last few years producing the recordings of other noted regional artists, among them hammered dulcimer virtuoso MARK WADE and the C&W / bluegrass group ONE RIOT ONE RANGER. He is a sought after accompanist and opening act as well, having performed with some of Celtic music's major touring talents, such as the TANNAHILL WEAVERS, PHIL CUNNINGHAM and JOHN RENBOURN. In 1994 and again in the spring and summer of 2001, John served as singer/songwriter TOM PAXTON's accompanying guitarist for five of his concerts in Ohio.
While not currently a full-time member of any band, John works regularly with singer/songwriter DAVE HAWKINS and fiddler PEG BUCHANAN in the trio CELTIC CORE, which released the live performance album LIVE CORE! in 1998. John has also worked occasionally with uilleann piper TODD DENMAN and, until her untimely death in spring of 2000, fellow Celtic fingerstylist CAROL BARNEY. John and Carol released a critically acclaimed album of Irish music arranged for two guitars, "CEOL ANAM", on the FOLK-LEGACY label in late summer of 1999.
John's third solo album of Irish and Scottish arrangements, "Far Green Country" was released in December of 2002. He is transcribing them for eventual publication following the recording's release.
If you are interested in having John perform in your area or run workshops on fingerstyle Celtic guitar, please contact:
WALHALLA PARK PRODUCTIONS
410 Clinton Heights Ave., Columbus, OH 43202
Check out the artist's website:
1. Gooseberry Bush Medley
2. Elvis Presley's Jig/ The Bank of Turf
3. I Am Asleep (and do not Waken Me)
4. Waltz of the Little Girls Medley
5. New York Medley
6. The Quiet Joys of Brotherhood
7. The Oriental Hornpipes
8. Captain O'Kane
9. Scottish Dance Medley
11. Eamonn an Chnoic
12. Men of Argyll/ The Cowal Gathering
13. Murphy's Delight Medley
14. John McNeal's Two-step