John is best known for his singing in the North East of England but would sing wherever! To contact John for your club or event please use the Contact Us page

This is what folks have said! His voice: "special quality", "powerful", "sensitive", "melting chocolate", "mellifluous"... His guitar: "absorbing", "inimitable", "percussive", "captivating", "idiosyncratic", "brilliant"..(!) His approach: "When other people sing a ballad you're waiting for it to finish. When you sing one you're waiting to see what happens next".

I am pedantic about emphasis and placing of words for intelligibility and nuances of meaning (as I see them intended). The timing, perhaps even the melody may give way to the story telling. Unaccompanied songs have that free flexibility but the guitar can bend too. I am a singer with a guitar, not a guitarist who sings.
I play in a curious way; intuitive even haphazard; you'd have to see it, but its what it sounds like that matters.

The multiplicity of variants of traditional songs fascinates me but I sing anything whose content feels right. The song must be worth the effort, worth the singing for its story or message or emotion. Yes I sing some well known songs but only if something there has grabbed me.
A few songs are my own writing; I also borrow poems that deserve a wider hearing and add melodies.

I was persuaded to record my song "Robert Willance" for the 400th Anniversary of Willance's Leap. I'd rather be singing you songs face to face, but here on the CD there's just me, or me and the guitar, recorded together, and no stuff like brass bands or rock guitarists.

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