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John Shirley

HOMETOWN: Nashua, NH

WHAT YEAR DID YOU JOIN THE STREET PERFORMER PROGRAM? 2017

BIO: John Shirley performs a solo show at Faneuil Hall where he loops various harmonicas live to assemble songs in many styles (including blues, rock, pop and soul) and sings with the constructed arrangements. He also taught free group harmonica classes at Faneuil this summer on Monday evenings, right outside of Cheers! In addition to being a harmonica player and instructor, John is a multi-instrumentalist, author, audio engineer and producer; he is also a Professor of Music at UMass Lowell and has a PhD in Music Composition from the University of Chicago. Since taking up the harmonica five years ago, John has posted 25 videos of instruction, demonstration and original music on his YouTube channel and taught harmonica to around 500 people of all ages and musical experience levels.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT PERFORMING AT FANEUIL HALL MARKETPLACE? The crowd and the spontaneity!

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