John Showman is Toronto based fiddler/violinist, playing all styles. In his interview he talks about his musical education and history with various bands, as well as other prominent fiddlers: Jesse Zubot, Kevin Burke, Vassar Clements and others. And we hear some of the divergent styles the instrument is used for: bluegrass, folk, country, classical, experimental instrumental rock, and indie rock.
John regularly gigs around Toronto and elsewhere in Canada. You can find his full schedule and more info on him at his website. The clip below features John playing fiddle and singing lead for the band New Country Rehab, with the song Cameo, from their recently released debut CD, available on iTunes. Other bands he plays with include The Creaking Tree String Quartet,The Foggy Hogtown Boys. And do check out his solo album.
Podcast music credits (in order of use)
George Anne - John Showman - Showman
The Nibbler - Zubot and Dawson - Tractor Parts
Lonesome Fiddle Blues - Vassar Clements - from a live performance
Caprice No. 24 - composed by Paganini, performed by Alexander Markov
Irish Tradition - Kevin Burke & Michael Ui Domhnaill - live
Hungarian Dance No. 5 - composed by Brahms, performed by Yehudi Menuhin
Rebellion (Lies) - Arcade Fire - Funeral
Lewis’ Dream - Owen Pallett
Little Valley Girl - John Showman - Showman
Cameo - New Country Rehab - New Country Rehab