John C. Merino

John C. Merino


Me and my guitar



John has been performing and writing songs for over three decades. In those years he founded the Cellar Door Coffee House in Hartford, Ct and was host of Folk/Blues programming for WWUH, WBFO, Connecticut Public Radio and WRFA.

He has performed on stage with Martin-Bogan-Armstrong, Eric Andersen, Dave Van Ronk, Pat Sky, Rory Block, Artie Traum, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, David Amram, and many more.

Among the cuts included here are three produced by Eric Andersen featuring George Kobas on Mandolin, Kim Reeves on percussion, Artie Traum on second guitar and Ann Sheldon on Cello.

They are:

WORDS: poem by WB Yeats,music by John under license from the Yeats Estate, London.

18th Street (lyrics and music by John) and

Ask a Gypsy (lyrics and music by John).

As well as performing solo, John performs with THE AMAZING DR. ZARCON'S BREATHING MACHINE JUG BAND and their first album (recorded at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock) was released in 2009.

John has also recorded for the Fast Folk label of New York City and his music is catalogued with the Smithsonian.

His acoustic finger style guitar can also be heard on the new 10,000 Maniacs single "Clouds".


Fast Folk Musical Magazine

Jug Band Music: The Amazing Dr. Zarcon's Breathing Machine

18TH. Street & Other Avenues

10,000 Maniacs: Clouds