John Sherman plays Celtic fingerstyle guitar like it’s no work at all! He’s just awesome. Right now he teaches at the Riley School of Irish Music. He also plays with the band Silver Arm. He’s got a pretty good mix of traditional and not so traditional tunes, both Scottish and Irish (and a Galician one borrowed from Bill Whelan, and not to mention the Japanese and Chinese hornpipes!)
What I think is cool (besides his playing ;) is how he got the name for his album- On the case notes he tells how ‘Far Green Country’ is one of the names Tolkien uses for Valinor in the Silmarillion and Lord of the Rings! Mr. Sherman seems to tend to be a bit of a Tolkien fan… I just wish they would have gotten some of his playing for the movie soundtracks!
(I PROMISE… that was not the reason I bought the cd! ;)