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John Showman - C.V. 


Honours and Awards 

  • 2011 Clifftop, WV, Appalachian Old-Time Fiddle Contest Fiddle Champion: The most prestigious of its kind in North America;
  • The first foreign-born man to ever win the contest 
  • 2011 “Roots and Traditional Album and “Instrumental Album” Juno Award-nominee (Both for Creaking Tree String Quartet album Sundogs)
  • 2011 “Instrumental Group” Canadian Folk Music Award-winner (For Creaking Tree String Quartet album Sundogs)
  • 2009 “Instrumental Album” Juno Awards-nominee (For Creaking Tree String Quartet album The Soundtrack)
  • 2008 “Band of the Year” Central Canadian Bluegrass Music Award-winner  (For Foggy Hogtown Boys album The Golden West) 
  • 2006 & 2007 “Fiddle Player of the Year” Central Canadian Bluegrass Music Award-winner  
  • 2007 “Instrumental Group” and “Pushing the Boundaries” Canadian Folk Music Award-winner (For Creaking Tree String Quartet album The Soundtrack)
  • 2005 “Instrumental Song of the Year” Indie Acoustic Project Award-winner (For original composition Old Crow)
  • 2005 “Pushing the Boundaries” Canadian Folk Music Award-winner (For Creaking Tree String Quartet album Side Two)
  • 2004 “Roots and Traditional Album” Juno Award-nominee (For Creaking Tree String Quartet debut, self-titled album)

Touring History and Highlights 

1996-present: Full-time, professional, performing fiddle player with over 4,000 shows across North America, Northern Europe, The UK, Ireland and Israel 

2007-present: founding member of The Lonesome Ace Stringband 

  • Selected for 2017 Bluegrass Jamboree (20-day concert-hall tour of Germany) 
  • 2015-2016 Nimble Fingers Bluegrass Workshop (Seminar leader/performer) 
  • 2016 Shelter Valley Folk Fest (Grafton, ON) 
  • 2015 IBMA showcase performance 
  • 2007 - present day: house band for Dakota Tavern weekend bluegrass brunch 

2001-present: founding member of The Foggy Hogtown Boys 

  • 2016 Winnipeg Folk Festival (Winnipeg, ON) 
  • 2016 Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival (Haines Junction, YK) 
  • 2011 BC Bluegrass Workshop (Seminar leader/performer) 
  • 2010 Ottawa Folk Festival 
  • 2009 Ulster-American Music Festival (Omagh, Northern Ireland) 
  • 2009 Jacob’s Ladder Festival (Kinneret, Israel) 
  • 2008 Mariposa Folk Festival (Orillia, ON) 
  • 2007 Calgary Folk Festival 

2008-2016: founder and bandleader of New Country Rehab 

  • 2015 Merlefest (Wilkesboro, NC) 
  • 2015 Sisters Folk Fest (Sisters, OR) 
  • 2014 Toronto Urban Roots Festival 
  • 2014 Ottawa Blues Festival 
  • 2013 Mariposa Folk Festival 
  • 2013 Grey Fox Festival (Oak Hill, NY) 
  • 2012 Tønder Festival (Denmark) 
  • 2012 Edmonton Folk Festival 
  • 2012 Old Settler’s Festival (Austin, TX) 
  • 2012 Celtic Connections (Glasgow, UK) 
  • 2011 Yonge/Dundas Square Indie Friday concert 
  • 2011 Winnipeg Folk Festival  
  • 2011 Calgary Folk Festival 

2002-2011: founding member of Creaking Tree String Quartet 

  • 2010 Love Music Festival (Scotland) 
  • 2010 Ottawa Chamber Music Festival 
  • 2010 Halifax Jazz Festival 
  • 2009 Ottawa Blues Festival 
  • 2009 Vancouver Folk Festival 
  • 2008 Mariposa Folk Festival (Orillia, ON) 
  • 2007 CBC FUSE concert w/ Kevin Breit 
  • 2007 CBC “Idea of North” Glenn Gould Tribute 
  • 2005 Dawson City Music Festival 
  • 2004 Montreal Jazz Festival 

1996-2001 founding member of Nobody You Know 

  • 2000 Pittsburgh Irish Festival 
  • 1999 Folk on the Rocks Festival, Yellowknife, NT 
  • 1998 Silver Dollar City, Branson, MO 
  • 1998 Wild Iris Folk Festival, Booneville, CA 
  • 1998 Stan Rogers Festival, Canso, NS 


Selected Discography 

  • John Showman, Showman (2009) 
  • 2 albums with Lonesome Ace Stringband: Gone For Evermore (2016), Old Time (2014) 
  • 3 albums with New Country Rehab: Wide Awake In The Sleeping Cabin (2015), Ghost Of Your Charms (2013), New Country Rehab (2011) 
  • 4 albums with Creaking Tree String Quartet: Sundogs (2010), The Soundtrack (2007), Side Two (2005), Creaking Tree String Quartet (2002) 
  • 7 albums with the Foggy Hogtown Boys: Animals, Insects and People (2014), The Hogtown Sessions (2011), Scotch & Sofa (2010), The Golden West (2008), Pigtown Fling (2007), Northern White Clouds (2005), Live at the Dominion (2004) 
  • Kristine Schmitt, Good Dirt (2016) 
  • Doug Paisley, Golden Embers (2012) 
  • Chris Coole, Old Dog (2009) 
  • 3 albums with Andrew Collins: And It Was Good (2016) Cats and Dogs (2012), Little Widgets (2006) 
  • 2 albums with Joey Wright: Hatch (2011), Camp (2005) 
  • Corin Raymond, There Will Always Be A Small Time (2009) 
  • Jonathan Byrd, Cackalack (2011) 
  • The Undesireables, Travelling Road Show (2010) 
  • Justin Rutledge, The Junction 40 (2005) 
  • Jon Brooks, Cages (2011)

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