Past Dates

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

585 S Front St
Columbus, OH 43215
614-224-1595

Back to banjo, with Randy on bouzouki to anchor this session.

Saturday, July 9th, 2016

Shamrock Club Summer Festival
General Guinness in Concert - 6 pm
61 W. Castle Rd.
Columbus, Ohio
United States
Price: ??

OK, I don't have complete information on this, but the Shamrock Club will be having their usual 2nd week in July summer music party, which now is a precursor to the (now much bigger , but not always so!) Dublin Irish Festival 3 weeks later. Been a while since I've done this one, this time with General Guinness.

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

6 pm
585 S Front St
Columbus, OH 43215
614-224-1595
Price: free

a bit of a switcheroo here-- my redoutable flute playing comrade from General Guinness, Larry Dulin, will be lead instrument anchor for this outing, and I will be playing guitar instead of banjo- should be fun!

 

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Pearl Alley Farmer's Market
11:00- 1:30 pm
Pearl Alley and Broad St. (city center)
Columbus, Ohio 43215
United States
Price: free

I generally do this once a year, part of helping make the Market more of a multi media experience. If I'm inducing passers-by to buy more vegetables I suppose that's a good thing, but actually there are a lot of bakeries, confectioners and coffee sellers in the mix, too. This has always been a fun gig one way or another.

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza & Live Music
John Sherman & Randy Clepper - 9:00 pm
5601 N. High St.
Worthington, OH 43085
(614)436-COAL
Price: $8 (I think)

Back at Natalie's! We will likely have Randy's daughter Gina (now an undergraduate at Purdue) joining us on vocals, which we've greatly missed while she's been at college. Come down and help us usher in summer.

Saturday, June 11th, 2016

Historic Dublin Second Saturday
John Sherman & Randy Clepper - 1-4 pm
NW corner of High & Bridge Sts.
Dublin, OH 43017
Price: free

Randy and I will be playing at this new event for the City of Dublin's Historic District on the banks of the Scioto-- one interesting wrinkle is that we need to provide both sound reinforcement and electric power, which will give me a chance to see if my solar chargeable portable battery is up to the task; it will be my first gig powered by Mr. Sunshine!

Friday, June 10th, 2016

12 noon- 2:30 pm
Coleman's Pointe Promenade
Columbus, Ohio 43215
United States
Price: free

The Columbus Arts Festival has decided to include musical entertainment in the newly developed riverfront north of downtown. I don't have all the details yet, but I expect it will be much the same as what I do with the Pearl Alley Farmer's Market (see below). The main difference is that there will likely be much more traffic for this special event, a high point on Columbus' civic calendar. The Festival website has a map, showing where i think I'll be-- now you know as much as I do.

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

6-9 pm
585 S Front St
Columbus, OH 43215
614-224-1595
Price: free

Randy and I will be anchoring.

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

General Guinness in Concert - 7:30 pm
Giauque Auditorium, Tri-Rivers Career Ctr.
Marion, Ohio 43302
Price: see site

General Guinness is honored to perform for this arts series at the OSU Marion extension campus.

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

John Sherman Celtic guitar workshop - 1:00 pm
Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park
Galloway, Ohio 43119
United States
Price: see website

Do check out the COFF website (links are in blue text, see above) to see just how much is going on at this great event. I will just be doing one workshop on Sunday but there is much. much more to come out and see. Worth the trip out of the city!

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

6-9 pm
585 S Front St
Columbus, OH 43215
614-224-1595
Price: free

Almost forgot this one (Thanks, Larry for mentioning it at GG practice!) Rick Nelson and I will be anchoring, and hope for a great May Day turnout.

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza & Live Music
Randy and John with Lindsay Straw & Caroline O'Shea - 8 pm
5601 N. High St.
Worthington, OH 43085
(614)436-COAL
Price: $12

Randy Clepper and I team up on a double bill with the Boston based duo of Lindsay Straw (bouzouki and guitar) and Caroline O'Shea (flute and whistles). We met Lindsay at last year's NERFA conference, where we all had the pleasure of participating in a truly spectacular session. Really looking forward to this one!

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

Fiddler's Hearth Public House
9 pm
127 North Main St
South Bend, IN 46601
(574) 232-2853
Price: don't know

A short notice gig-- our friends in the group Soltre, originally scheduled for this date, turned out to have a prior booking so Randy and I are filling in. This will be our first time at this venue; hopefully we'll win some new fans and earn a trip back down the road.

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Hilton Hotel
St. Patrick's Day Celebration - 4 pm
401 N. High St.
Columbus, OH

General Guinness performs at this hotel adjoining the Columbus Convention Center.

Saturday, March 12th, 2016

Alcove Restaurant
Private Event
116 South Main St.
Mt. Vernon, OH

General Guinness performs at this 100 year old restaurant/dinner theatre in the heart of Mt. Vernon. Details when I can get them.

Friday, March 11th, 2016

Ancient Order of Hibernians
Proclamation Day Celebration - 8 pm
271 Innis Ave.
Columbus, OH

General Guinness helps our local AOH chapter celebrate the 100th anniversary of the proclamation of the Irish Republic.

Friday, March 11th, 2016

Dublin Appreciation Day
midday
here and there
Dublin, OH

General Guinness will be performing for employees at 3 Dublin businesses during their lunch hour-- if I find out exactly where before we do it, I'll try to post it here.

Saturday, March 5th, 2016

Byrne's Pub
General Guinness Band - 9:00 pm
1248 West 3rd Ave.
Columbus, OH 43212
614-486-4722
Price: $5

Last gig of the old year was at Byrne's, first big one of the new year is also! This time with the General Guinness Band, which I joined a little over a year ago. Fitting all 7 of us on the stage is a bit of a trick, but we've done it before--

Saturday, December 19th, 2015

Byrne's Pub
Yankee Celtic Consort Christmas Show - 9:00- ???
1248 West 3rd Ave.
Columbus, OH 43212
614-486-4722
Price: $5 (I think, nothing posted on website)

Yes, it's that time of the year again-- the gig I look forward to and dread in equal measure. Be prepared to practice your vocal chops on "The 12 Days of Christmas" -- who will win, the most shrill or the most leather-lunged? But it's always great to reunite with Doug, Pat & Phil ( and a variety of musical special guests ) for an event that is now an institution at Byrne's.

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Grandview Heights Public Library
Music in the Atrium Concert Series - 7 pm
1685 W. 1st Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614)486-2594
Price: free

Another Yuletide concert in the GHPL's great acoustic space. Thanks again to Canaan Faulkner and the GHPL for having me back, and I will be bringing the stocking stuffers.

Sunday, December 6th, 2015

6-9 pm
585 S Front St
Columbus, OH 43215
614-224-1595
Price: free

Randy Clepper and I take our final 2015 slot  anchoring Columbus's premiere session venue. Stop by for great craic, "chunes" and the best in pub grub.

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

7:00 pm -8:00 pm
3909 N. High St.
Columbus 43214
(614)645-2275

Finishing out here-- with us past Thanksgiving we'll probably include some Christmas music--

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza & Live Music
John Sherman & Randy Clepper - 8:00 pm
5601 N. High St.
Worthington, OH 43085
(614)436-COAL
Price: $8

Our winter outing at our favorite listening room in the Columbus area, this time before Christmas rather than after. We will have a few seasonal tunes to go with the regular Celtic mix, and will bring plenty of our little square stocking stuffers if you're of a mind to give the gift of music to someone near and dear.

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

7:00 pm -8:00 pm
3909 N. High St.
Columbus 43214
(614)645-2275
Price: free

See above

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

7:00 pm -8:00 pm
3909 N. High St.
Columbus 43214
(614)645-2275
Price: free

see above

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

7:00 pm -8:00 pm
3909 N. High St.
Columbus 43214
(614)645-2275
Price: free

see above

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

7:00 pm -8:00 pm
3909 N. High St.
Columbus 43214
(614)645-2275
Price: free

see above

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

7:00 pm -8:00 pm
3909 N. High St.
Columbus 43214
(614)645-2275
Price: free

see above

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

7:00 pm -8:00 pm
3909 N. High St.
Columbus 43214
(614)645-2275
Price: free

see above

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

7:00 pm -8:00 pm
3909 N. High St.
Columbus 43214
(614)645-2275
Price: free

Randy & me at our usual fall gig at our neighborhood library-- Wed. nights thru the first week in December.

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Immaculate Conception School
The Ann Richens Scholarship Ceili - 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
366 N. Broadway
Columbus, OH 43202
United States
Price: $12 advance, $15 at door

General Guinness will be the musical entertainment for this benefit to help support the Ann Richens Scholarship Fund. Ann was the founder of one of the leading schools for Irish Step Dance in this part of the country, now headed up by former champion dancers John and Heather Timm. In addition to our music, there will also be performance and instruction of some Irish dances.

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

5:30 pm (workshop) 8:15 (performance)
United Methodist Church, 7612 Perry St.
Mt. Healthy, Ohio
(513)399-7227
Price: I don't know-- not much, if anything

Randy and I will be journeying down to the Cincinnati area to play at this time honored venue for the non-profit folk club  The Queen City Balladeers, which I actually was a member of back in the day when I lived there. I'll be doing a Celtic guitar workshop in the afternoon, and we will be the final act of three that evening. See the Balladeers website for full details.

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Luv Some Bunny Wine Tasting Event
5:30 pm-7:00 pm
Deer Haven Preserve, 4183 Liberty Rd.
Delaware, Ohio 43015
(614)263-8557
Price: $35 wine tasters, $20 non-tasters

With Easter on the horizon, I'll be hoppin' down that old bunny trail to the Deer Haven Nature Preserve to play for their annual benefit to find homes for rabbits that have lost theirs (a regrettably common event around Easter). My second time playing for these good people.

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Parkside Restaurant
5:00 pm
108 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Mt. Vernon, Ohio
(740)397-9031

Randy, his daughter Gina and I will once again be entertaining at this restaurant's St. Patrick's Day dinner gala, our fourth year doing so.

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Blarney Bash
12 noon
6540 Kilgour Place
Dublin, Ohio 43017
Price: $5

This event follows Dublin, OH 's St. Patrick's Day Parade, and will feature some of Central Ohio's best musicians and dancers. I'll be there with General Guinness, my first time at the event.

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Dublin Appreciation Day
11 am - 1:30 pm
Dublin, Ohio 43017
Price: free

This gig, roving and unamplified, marks my debut performing with one of Columbus's long-time favorite Celtic ensembles, The General Guinness Band. I will be replacing their excellent guitarist/singer of 20+ years standing, Steve Steele who, with two sons moving into their teens, wants to have more family time. I've been rehearsing with the band since the beginning of the year, so the next St. Paddy's week will be my "baptism of fire" -- wish me luck !

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Oakland Nursery Spring Fling
1 pm to 3 pm
1156 Oakland Park Ave.
Columbus, OH 43224
USA
(614)268-3511
Price: free

See above

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

Oakland Nursery Spring Fling
1 pm- 3pm
1156 Oakland Park Ave.
Columbus, OH 43224
USA
(614)268-3511
Price: free

Arguably my first St.Patrick's Day gig each year-- for several years now I've welcomed the first green shoots of spring by playing at our popular neighborhood garden and plant store. This year I'm playing Saturday and Sunday of one weekend rather than consecutive Saturdays.

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

6 pm - 9 pm
585 S Front St
Columbus, OH 43215
614-224-1595
Price: free

This time I will be co-anchoring with guitarist Rick Nelson.

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza & Live Music
8:00 pm
5601 N. High St.
Worthington, OH 43085
(614)436-COAL
Price: $6

A new year, a new show a Natalie's! Hope the weather gods are merciful. Randy's daughter Gina, fresh off her star turn on "In the Know" will again be with us to sing.

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Byrne's Pub
Yankee Celtic Consort Christmas Show - 8:30-- ???
1248 West 3rd Ave.
Columbus, OH 43212
614-486-4722
Price: $5 (just a guess, but not much more at worst)

Yes, it's time for the annual Yuletide reunion for da Boys (Phil Franck, Pat Mogan, Doug Rudy and me) at Columbus's celebrated Irish watering hole. Much Irish music, more than a little bluegrass, and compulsory carols for one and all to weigh in on. This show is an institution-- don't miss it!

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

7:30 pm- 8:45 pm
3909 N. High St.
Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614)645-2275
Price: free

Randy and me and the last one here  'til fall of next year-- Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

7:30 pm- 8:45 pm
3909 N. High St.
Columbus 43214
(614)645-2275
Price: free

see above 

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Grandview Heights Public Library
Live in the Atrium - 7:00 pm
1685 W. 1st Ave.
Grandview Heights, Ohio 43212
(614)486-2954
Price: free

Usually I end up playing here when the days get short-- I'll have some Christmas music with me now that we're truly in the Advent season. They provide sound this time, which makes it much easier for me. It really is a great space to play in!

 

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

7:30 pm- 8:45 pm
3909 N. High St.
Columbus 43214
(614)645-2275
Price: free

Randy and me-- some Christmas music

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Northeast Folk Alliance Conference (NERFA)
4-day conference (11/13 thru 11/16)
Hudson Valley Resort & Spa
Kerhonksen, New York

Randy and I will be attending this regional Folk Alliance Conference (actually like a business convention with performers, exhibitors, seminars and meetings) for the first time, after going to the midwest conference two out of the past three years. We have an official performance showcase (time TBA) and will also be performing at some of the room showcases as well-- all in aid of getting work to the east of us-- wish us luck!

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

7:30--8:45 pm
3909 N. High St.
Columbus 43214
(614)645-2275
Price: free

Me solo

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

7:30--8:45 pm
3909 N. High St.
Columbus 43214
(614)645-2275
Price: free

Randy and me

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

7:30--8:45 pm
3909 N. High St.
Columbus 43214
(614)645-2275
Price: free

Me solo

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

7:30--8:45 pm
3909 N. High St.
Columbus 43214
(614)645-2275
Price: free

Randy and me

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

7:30--8:45 pm
3909 N. High St.
Columbus 43214
(614)645-2275
Price: free

Randy and me

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

7:30--8:45 pm
3909 N. High St.
Columbus 43214
(614)645-2275
Price: free

Me solo

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

7:30--8:45 pm
3909 N. High St.
Columbus 43214
(614)645-2275
Price: free

Randy and me, back doing Wednesdays at my neighborhood library, as we have for the past several years during the Fall upto the onset of the holiday season.

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

6-9 pm
585 S Front St
Columbus, OH 43215
614-224-1595
Price: free

General Guinness is gigging, and session majordomo Mike Dugger is at the KC Irish Fest, so I'll be holding down the fort. Randy may join me.

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza & Live Music
John Sherman & Randy Clepper - 8:00 pm
5601 N. High St.
Worthington, OH 43085
(614)436-COAL
Price: $5

Fight the dog-day doldrums and join us at Natalie's! Randy's daughter Gina will be joining us with a new ballad, "High Germany" (actually an old ballad, but whatever...)

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Yankee Celtic Consort-- Shamrock Stage - 6:15-- 7:30 pm
Coffman Park
Dublin, OH 43016
Price: free w/ festival admission

I join my emeritus bandmates Pat Mogan, Phil Franck and Doug Rudy for our customary mid-summer reunion gig here at Dublin. The Festival will be winding down at this point but we'll do our best to finish it on a high note (an A, if memory serves...)

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Sherman & Clepper-- Celtic Music House - 1:30- 2:40 pm
Coffman Park
Dublin, OH 43016
Price: free w/ festival admission

Again, our customary stage and customary time (heat of the day). Hope I don't need my pith helmet. We may have Rob Pinkerton helping us out with his bodhran again.

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

Guitar Workshop II-- Music Workshop Tent - 3 pm
Coffman Park
Dublin, OH 43016
Price: free w/ festival admission

This workshop will concentrate on how to harmonically undergird some well known Irish melodies, using counterpoint and arpeggiation.

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Sherman & Clepper-- Celtic Music House - 9:30- 10:45 pm
Coffman Park
Dublin, OH 43016
Price: free w/ festival admission

Randy and I at our customary stage, though I think this will be the first time we've done a Fri. evening show. Should be cooler, anyway--

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Guitar Workshop-- Music Workshop Tent - 6:00 pm
Coffman Park
Dublin, OH 43016
Price: free w/ festival admission

The first of two workshops I'll be doing this weekend. This one will probably be a general overview with fingerstyle performance of Irish dance tunes.

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Pearl Alley Farmer's Market
11:00- 1:30 pm
Broad St. & Pearl Alley
Columbus, Ohio
Price: free

My third outing for the market this year (yes, I was lazy and didn't post the other two). Pray for no rain!

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

6:00 -9:00 pm
585 S Front St
Columbus, OH 43215
614-224-1595
Price: free

Steve Steele (guitar) and me (banjo) leading

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza & Live Music
Wohlwend & Moore/ Sherman & Clepper - 8-10 pm
5601 N. High St.
Worthington, OH 43085
(614)436-COAL
Price: $5 (I think, nothing posted on website)

Randy's and my first time for one of Natalie's "twofers", sharing the stage with former Knot Fibb'ner and Capital U. guitar prof Karl Wohlwend and fiddler Tyler Moore for an all Celtic evening of entertainment. Randy's daughter Gina will again be lending her sweet voice to the proceedings--  should be fun!

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Byrne's Pub
The Yankee Celtic Consort Christmas Show - 8:30-- ???
1248 West 3rd Ave.
Columbus, OH 43212
614-486-4722
Price: $3.00

Once again, I join my emeritus YCC brethren for this time-honored observance at Byrne's, this time on the winter solstice proper. Join us for our rousing mix of Celtic, bluegrass and holiday favorites, sometimes simultaneously. Be part of our unique take on "The 12 Days of Christmas"-- if you're the loudest, you win!

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

7:30 pm- 8:45 pm
3909 N. High St.
Columbus 43214
(614)645-2275

Definitely a partly Christmas program

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

CD RELEASE PARTY - 8:00 pm
5601 N. High St.
Worthington, OH 43085
(614)436-COAL
Price: $5

Just in time for Christmas (sometimes we get lucky) our long awaited CD will get its official celebratory debut at our favorite local venue! This will indeed be in part a Christmas show-- we just have to figure out which part

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Orange Johnson House
Xmas Concert - 3 - 5 pm
956 High Street
Worthington, Ohio 43085
(624)885-1247
Price: free

For the second year I'll be performing in the parlor of this charming historical property (yes, the original homesteader's name was Orange Johnson and no, don't ask me how he got it) with a mix of Celtic and Christmas tunes (I take requests)

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

7:30 pm- 8:45 pm
3909 N. High St.
Columbus 43214
(614)645-2275
Price: free

Randy and me-- we may sneak in some Christmas music even though you shouldn't do that before Thanksgiving--

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

Live interview & performance WYSO FM
Randy & John Live on "The Dear Green Place" - 3 - 5 pm
150 E. College Ave.
Yellow Springs, Ohio

Randy and I make the trip down to Yellow Springs, OH and the studios of WYSO-FM to be interviewed by DJ Cindy Funk on her long-running and popular Celtic music show "The Dear Green Place". We'll be performing live and Cindy will feature selections from our new release, "Finally Tuned". Be sure to tune in yourselves! 

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

7:30
3909 N. High St.
Columbus 43214
(614)645-2275
Price: free

Randy and me

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

6 pm - 9 pm
585 S Front St
Columbus, OH 43215
614-224-1595
Price: free

Once again with guitarist Steve Steele co-anchoring

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

7:30 pm- 8:45 pm
3909 N. High St.
Columbus 43214
(614)645-2275
Price: free

Randy & me

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

7:30
3909 N. High St.
Columbus 43214
(614)645-2275

Randy Clepper and me

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

8:00 pm
5601 N. High St.
Worthington, OH 43085
(614)436-COAL
Price: $5

Randy Clepper and I (with Randy's daughter Gina) will be back at this popular north Columbus venue.

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

6 pm - 9 pm
585 S Front St
Columbus, OH 43215
614-224-1595
Price: free

Me & Randy anchoring

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

7:30 pm- 8:45 pm
3909 N. High St.
Columbus 43214
(614)645-2275
Price: free

Me solo

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

7:30 pm- 8:45 pm
3909 N. High St.
Columbus 43214
(614)645-2275
Price: free

The fall library season has begun, with Christine Ramsey (harp) and Randy Clepper and me taking turns performing at this branch on Wednesday nights until the holidays are on the horizon.

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

6 pm - 9 pm
585 S Front St
Columbus, OH 43215
614-224-1595
Price: free

This evening I'll be anchoring along with General Guinness guitarist (and one time student) Steve Steele. They've moved us up to the south facing nook of the pub, which I think will suit us fine--

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

John Sherman & Randy Clepper - 8 pm
5601 N. High St.
Worthington, OH 43085
(614)436-COAL
Price: $5

This was originally scheduled for June 4, but we've been bumped up 2 weeks and will use the extra time to work out some new material. Promise.

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Sunday Session - 6-9 pm
585 S Front St
Columbus, OH 43215
614-224-1595
Price: free

come on down! sometimes we get upwards of 20 players-- all are welcome.

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

John Sherman & Randy Clepper - 8:00 pm
5601 N. High St.
Worthington, OH 43085
(614)436-COAL
Price: $5

Our debut gig at Columbus's newest and most active acoustic venue! Veteran presenter Charlie Jackson is booking acts 4 and 5 nights a week, and we're honored and glad to be part of the parade. Randy's talented daughter Gina will be joining us on some vocal numbers and maybe even some fiddle.