John Showman has made his mark as “one of the very best and most influential fiddle players in Canada” (Steve Pritchard, CIUT 89.5 FM). Over an 25-year career spanning 4,500 shows across North America and Europe, John has made his mark as an exciting and innovative live musician and is in demand as a
session player, a sideman and a teacher. He brings a hard-earned, professional
understanding to the music he loves to play.
From his start as a professional in Montreal in 1996, playing 5 nights per week in
Irish pubs and folk clubs across eastern Canada, John fell in love with the sound
of traditional fiddle playing, absorbing the playing of such greats as Tommy
Peoples, Kevin Burke, Frankie Gavin, Vassar Clements, Scotty Stoneman, Kenny
Baker, Buddy Thomas, Eck Robertson and many others. Through careful study of
written transcriptions and old recordings and a relentless pursuit of accurate
reproduction, John built his repertoire of tunes, chops, styles and technique. He
has developed a sound and approach that is unique, one that he commands and
can relate to many genres of music. He has also learned to teach this approach
to others through many seminars and camps. To this date, he continues to
develop his playing, learning from and sharing with all of the great musicians that
he meets in his touring and performing life.
Website - www.johnshowman.com