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Fishman's songs take him from subways to supper club
Written by DAVID DUPONT Festival Program Editor   
Tuesday, 06 September 2011 11:05
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Howard Fishman
Back about 15 years ago Howard Fishman found himself broke and abandoned in Syracuse, N.Y.
His girl had left him, and the theater company he had started was defunct.
“It was a low point,” the singer-songwriter said in a recent telephone interview.
He was interested in music and found himself “more and more immersed in New Orleans culture.”
So he headed south to the Big Easy, and when he got there he “found a milk crate and started playing.”
A star was born. Well, not exactly.
“The locals told me ‘you better go home, you’ll never make it here.’”
Still Fishman hung in there, before eventually moving to New York where he moved from the subways to the Algonquin Oak Room.
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