Born in Bellshill, near Glasgow, John began playing whistle & fiddle as a child. He has won Radio 2 Musician of the Year in 2003 and The Spirit of Scotland Award for music in 1999 and 2009. While emerging via the folk scene, John has long been renowned for his skill at transcending musical boundaries. He has shared stages with Bonnie Raitt, Patti Smith, Steve Earle, Rosanne Cash, Paolo Nutini and Jools Holland, and featured on recordings by Mark Knopfler, Paul Weller, Ocean Colour Scene, Teenage Fanclub and Idlewild. 2016 will see John releasing a new solo record & embarking on a tour with his band which features some of the finest traditional musicians and singers in the UK: Andy Cutting, Adam Holmes, Innes White & Toby Shaer. He last appeared at the Universal Hall in 2015 with Mike McGoldrick and John Doyle.
"One of the UK's most gifted and versatile musicians in any genre …". The Guardian
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See below for a video of John (please note this track includes musicians who will not be in the current band)