Originally from Saint Louis Missouri, John was influenced early on by that town's rhythm and blues and his Oklahoma mother’s singing. This funky start was drastically tempered by a nine-year stint in a Catholic seminary where silence and Gregorian chant were his daily bread. After leaving the brotherhood, and armed only with his vow of poverty, John moved to New England and pursued the path of an itinerant musician, playing in sundry bands and bad barrooms. It was during this time, he realized, that his audience could not understand Latin.
Winner of both the 2003 Boston Folk Festival Songwriting Contest and the 2006 Rose Garden Coffeehouse Song Contest, John has also been a finalist in many other song contests.
His CD Memory Train was CD of the Week on Chicago’s WFMT’s Midnight Special. His new CD is Two-Step Man.
John lives in Boothbay Harbor, ME with his wife, Jane and fat cat, Iko.
“John's the best singer songwriter I've run into in the last 10 years or so"~ Bob Franke
"John Schindler is full of wonderful, insightful songs that will find their way into the repertoire of other folksingers. John's songs really connect!" ~ Dick Pleasants, WUMB
“Wise, witty and dark." ~ Charlie Hunter of FLYING UNDER RADAR
“New Hampshire's John Schindler knows how to translate life into wise, oddly witty songs and his new Memory Train album collects many of the calm little gems he's been writing in recent years" ~ Dan Gewertz, Boston Herald
“A true original.” ~ WUMB’s Boston Folk Festival
“We could use some more John Schindler in the world!” Chris Darling, WMPG, Portland
Opening for John is Tom Smith. His songs are in turns humorous, touching, thought provoking, and inspiring. Deeply rooted in the old-school folk tradition, his timeless stories are told with a voice that is honest and sincere with melodies that you will remember forever.
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