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John was thrilled to join Neil Young's 'LOVE EARTH' North American tour as opener with Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir, Apr-May 2024. Look out for more updates from the road, as the tour continues across Canada and the Pacific Northwest in July!

John was very excited to be invited to participate in a workshop of Zora Neale Hurston's play 'Spunk' at Yale Repertory Theatre as part of the music creative team. Directed by Tamilla Woodard, with music composed by Nehemiah Luckett.

John was awarded the Joe Allard Arts Commission in the UK and performed to a sold-out house at the Colchester Arts Centre in Dec 2023. He debuted two new songs written for the occasion.  
 

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Run Bambi Run had its wildly successful world premiere as part of Milwaukee Rep's 2023-24 season! With music and lyrics by Gordon Gano of Violent Femmes and a book by Eric Simonson (Lombardi), the production was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. "A blast of a musical" (Chicago Tribune)..."A spectacular production" (Urban Milwaukee)..."Electrifying talent and exhilarating story...the voices in this phenomenal cast are huge." (Broadway World). Stay tuned...

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John lent his particular brand of crazy to the dark comedy indie feature film, Stranger Than Paradise, currently in production. It tells the story of two unlikely rebels of a doomsday cult as they try to track down its leader after the Rapture doesn't happen. (He's not one of them - he plays a nutty believer.)

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photos by Michael Brosilow
 
Disaster Chasers, a cool short film John co-starred in, had its world premiere Sept 2022 at the Coney Island Film Festival. You can see the film (9:30 min) on Youtube here.
On 9/11, a son finally decides to fight back against a father who is obsessed with chasing after national tragedies. Written and directed by Chris Wronka. 
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Getting to tour the states and Europe with Yemandja in 2022 was an absolute honor. Co-conceived and starring the Beninese global pop legend Angelique Kidjo,  it tells a story of unity and healing through the troubled history of the West African slave trade in the 1800s. John played the principal role of Mr. DeSalta, a Portuguese slave trader (based upon an actual historical figure, who was the subject of Bruce Chatwin's debut novel, The Viceroy Of Ouidah). Yemandja had its world premiere at MassMOCA, with further performances at The Broad Theater in Santa Monica, CA, Cal Performances in Berkeley, CA, The Kennedy Center in DC, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands as part of the Holland Festival. John has been a fan of Angelique Kidjo since seeing her first US performance in NYC back in 1992.
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(photo by Doug Mason)
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Principal on the serial podcast The Grunge Musical. 
John also toured the UK in November with Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir, performing in 6 cities and doing street actions in conjunction with activists demanding concrete action at COP26 in Glasgow. John was among 5 singers who recorded at BBC's Radio Four for Loose Ends, with Clive Anderson and Stephen Fry
Top-of-show guest star on FBI: Most Wanted (CBS, Paramount +), Season 2, Episode 11: 'Obstruction' .
Principal on The Food That Built America (History Channel) Season 2, Episode 8: 'Soup Wars' .
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Booking:
Marilynn Scott Murphy
Professional Artists Agency
(212) 247 8770
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