The John Ward Trio

Date/Time Sun 13 Oct 2024 8:00 PM

Price Online - £10 + £1 fees; On The Door - £12


The John Ward Trio bring together John, his wife Lynne and band mate Les Woodley to deliver powerful three-part harmonies, with acoustic guitar, bodhran, harmonica, double bass, mandolin, accordion and recorder. Based in East Anglia, John has a reputation as a writer of powerful, thought-provoking and witty songs that draw upon his life in a gritty port town, his wider travels in the world and often capture the spirit of the times.

With nine critically-acclaimed CDs and two published books to his name, John writes in a variety of styles but his heart is in folk and roots music.  His songs have received national radio airplay, most recently by Mark Radcliffe on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show and his most recent album/book, Congress, was twice broadcast in five serialised episodes on BBC Radio Suffolk. John’s songs are sung and recorded by other artists on the folk scene.

The Trio’s performances are authentic and heartfelt, engaging audiences with their choice of material, thoughtful arrangements, versatility and humour, not to mention John’s blistering bodhran solos, which all blend to delight and entertain folk audiences in intimate venues and bigger stages alike.

“A singer and guitarist to watch out for” – The Times

“Love the Sargasso album … cracking songs” – Mike Harding

“I’ve always admired the fearless way John tackles certain themes often neglected by other folk artists. He is a poet and a lyricist, a writer and arrange of the top order” – Richard Grainger, Great North Festival