Tisha Simeral

Nashville, TN
Americana / Jazz / Classical
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Friday, November 16th
Columbus Performing Arts Center (Shedd Theater)
$20 advance | $23 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
From the prairies in Southern Alberta comes one of Canada's best folk/roots songwriters, John Wort Hannam. 

For five years John Wort Hannam taught grade 9 language arts on the largest reserve in Canada - The Kainai Nation, part of the Blackfoot Confederacy. But in 1997 he heard a Loudon Wainwright III record and was hooked by the music and stories. In 1998 he bought a guitar and learned some chords. In 2002 he quit teaching and began to pursue the dream of being a working musician. 

John has achieved some fine accolades in a few short years including a mainstage performance at the 2009 Kerrville Folk Fest, three Grand Prizes at the Calgary Folk Fest Songwriting Competition, and numerous nominations and awards. With comparisons to Gordon Lightfoot, James Keelaghan, and John Prine, John Wort Hannam is a born storyteller with a keen eye for the quirky and lyrics that create stories behind the songs. 

Official Website: www.johnworthannam.com 
Song Samples: www.youtube.com
Brian Ashley Jones is a soulful singer, accomplished guitarist, and versatile Americana songwriter. 

His songs find influence in the guitar-driven Country, Blues and Bluegrass that he absorbed in his hometown of Spartanburg, South Carolina, and have been placed in film and television and recorded by a variety of other performing artists. 

Courier, Jones' independent release, made the Top 40 of the Roots Music Report and broke the Top 100 of the Americana Music Association's album chart. He showcased his songs as an official performer at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for Best American Roots Guitar Player in the Alternate Roots 2011 Reader's Choice Awards. 

Accompanying Jones on bass and vocals is Columbus-native Tisha Simeral, a graduate of the Ohio State Univeristy School of Music and veteran of the Columbus Symphony Pops. Simeral is a sought-after performer and music educator. She taught at Capital University and Fort Hayes Career Center, and served in the Greater Columbus Arts Council's Artists-In-Schools program. 

Now based in Nashville, Jones and Simeral have accompanied numerous artists on stage and in the recording studio, including Grammy-winning songwriter Jon Vezner, Caroline Aiken, Sara Hickman, and Jeff Black. 

Official Website: www.BrianAshleyJones.com 
Song Samples: www.youtube.com


"Jill Jack - Bluebird Cafe - Nashville, TN - REVIEW"  Eddie Ferranti, Houston Music Review

"LEGEND'S CORNER: Interview with Tisha Simeral"  Thunder Row

"Feature: Clarinet, food science came first for bassist"  Aaron Beck, The Columbus Dispatch


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