Totem Figures Interview with John Showman

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John ShowmanJohn 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.

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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



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  • Comment Link James Tuesday, 31 May 2011 21:11 posted by James

    very cool, enjoyed listening to some of those clips - great new section!

  • Comment Link TJ Dawe Wednesday, 01 June 2011 21:29 posted by TJ Dawe

    Glad you liked it, James. There's plenty more on the way, including a new one in the next few days.

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