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JOHN SHELDON

Guitarist, Singer, Storyteller


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“One of the great guitarists of our time.”

— ED WARD, NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO

"A great player."

— JIMI HENDRIX

JOHN SHELDON performs THE RED GUITAR

JOHN SHELDON performs

THE RED GUITAR

Presented at the

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018

by Serious Play Theatre Ensemble


Lead guitarist for Van Morrison at age 17, songwriter to James Taylor, a chance encounter with Jimi Hendrix.

JOHN SHELDON shares his musical coming-of-age journey through Rock-and-Roll and the Sixties.


FIVE STARS! Storytelling and real guitar mastery across the musical spectrum.”

— ROB ADAMS, THE HERALD (SCOTLAND)


FOUR STARS! John Sheldon’s candy apple-red Fender Stratocaster is emblematic of not just decades of popular music but of his life journey, mental health issues surmounted and of the healing potential of music. [A] heartfelt testament to the transformative power of music.”

— JIM GILCHRIST, THE SCOTSMAN


THE RED GUITAR, John Sheldon’s brilliant memoir-in-music, was a runaway hit at [the 2016] Edinburgh Festival Fringe.”

— CHRIS ROHMANN, VALLEY ADVOCATE (U.S.)

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JOHN SHELDON also performs in

DO IT NOW: Manual Override 

Presented at the

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018

by Serious Play Theatre Ensemble


DO IT NOW features John Sheldon in a new trio collaboration with Paul Richmond, who was recently named Massachusetts Beat Poet Laureate by the National Beat Poetry Foundation, and percussionist extraordinaire Tony Vacca of World Rhythms Ensemble. They combine evocative poetry, storytelling, and insightful political commentary with an improvised musical groove to share vision and hope for our planet in these troubled times.


FOUR STARS! Part political rant, part history lesson and wholly musical – DO IT NOW is a serious call to (dis)arms leavened by moments of dark humour and highly charged musicianship.

— ROB ADAMS, THE HERALD (SCOTLAND)


FOUR STARS! American trio Sheldon, Richmond and Vacca provide a powerful fusion of music, words and percussion in this enthralling 50 minute show.”

— Mike Took, WRITE OUTLOUD (SCOTLAND)


DO IT NOW’s Manual Override has some of the feel of a late-night session in a Beat Generation-era club.”

— CHRIS ROHMANN, VALLEY ADVOCATE (U.S.)


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