John is an astounding folk musician and we're very proud to be able to use his music as bed music in our Irish Mythological Cycle Summary Show, SP25a. We hope to feature his work a little later on! Read how John performs below - I promise you, you'll be amazed!
My music is very likely to be unique amongst folk musicians.
The basic chord patterns for each instrumental are recorderd (by me) onto a digital recorder/looper operated by footswitches, whilst the hands do the playing.. These “performance loops” are played whilst adding melody lines and layering to create a flexible and unique SOLO musical performance. Those who have seen/heard me “in action” find it both a “fascinating and artistic experience.”
Having played in duos/trios and bands for over thirty years (Mick Ryan/Crows/Kitsyke Will/Perfect Cure etc.) I thought it was time to “strike out” on my own as a solo instrumentalist and composer. Work commitments over the last ten years as a “Music Rep” have not left much spare time, but playing stringed instruments has continued to be my passion, be it in the kitchen or some far distant hotel room whilst working away.
With a wealth of musical experience behind me, the memory banks are pretty full and are fairly productive with many original compositions “arriving out of the ether”.
Review of latest Cd "Echoes", in the the May 2008 issue of " The Talk Magazine", written by the reviewer Oz Hardwick, Copyright The Talk Magazine.
John has 2 albums available.