John Schomburg hails originally from southern Ohio down on the beautiful Ohio River. He began singing and playing folk music shortly after his birth. His boyhood fascination with steamboats led to his present fascination with sailboats, which get better mileage. He is presently the skipper of Sea Monkey.

John was a founding member of the Pit Bull String Band in the 1990ís and when he is not shantying with The HardTackers, he performs along with his wife Janet in the Old-Time string band The Wild Hares. He plays fiddle, banjo, and guitar and has recently learned to squeeze a hornpipe or two out of an Anglo Concertina.