ABOUT THE ARTIST
JOHN SHERMAN has been a performer of traditional and Celtic music for the last three 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 150 Irish and Scottish melodies for that instrument, some of which can be heard on his three solo recordings, "Farewell to the Creeks" (1987), "So Inclined" (1996) and "Far Green Country"(2002).Each album has received critical acclaim in the nationally circulated musical magazines Sing Out!, Dirty Linen, Acoustic Guitar and PASTE, and have garnered airplay across the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Ireland and elsewhere in Europe. In March of 1998 Mel Bay Publications issued a bound volume of 28 of John's transcribed pieces (including the "So Inclined" CD) that was 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 couple of decades as an engineer/ producer on the recordings of other noted regional artists, among them hammered dulcimer virtuoso MARK WADE, Irish Instrumental ensemble AISLING, singer SUE MOGAN-MATTISON and the C&W / bluegrass group ONE RIOT ONE RANGER. He has been 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. Since 1994, John has served as singer/songwriter TOM PAXTON's regular accompanying guitarist for his concerts in Ohio and Indiana.
John was also a member of the Cincinnati-based Celtic group Silver Arm from 2003 to 2010, and was concurrently on the faculty of that city's RILEY SCHOOL OF IRISH MUSIC. 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.
Published arrangements from "Far Green Country" and from "So Inclined" are available, in either bound hard-copy and downloadable form, from the self-publishing website Lulu.com.
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