- The John Ward Trio
John Ward turned to folk
and acoustic music in the mid 1980s and, by 1988, had become a full-time
songwriter and musician on the folk and roots music scene. Since then, he
has performed in countless venues all over England as well as overseas.
John has guested on numerous radio shows and has appeared on British television
a number of times. He has released 7 albums of original material and had
a book published, all of which have received critical acclaim from reviewers
and gig-goers alike. John’s recordings embrace a wonderful collection
of his engaging songs, written in a variety of styles and his latest CD
the very newly released 'Sargasso' is no exception. His previous album East
of the Sunrise, was a collection of songs inspired by his local area, mainly
written by John, with a couple of traditional songs from the region. One
of these songs, ‘From Stornoway to Lowestoft’, recently won
the songwriting competition at Ryedale folk festival in the North of England.
John has worked with a wide
range of musicians over the years and has a highly successful and long-term
musical partnership with accomplished violinist, Mario Price. However, John
still regularly performs solo, often joined by his wife, Lynne, and also
plays in the highly respected Ceilidh Band, SkipHire . In 2013 he began
to gather a band round him for the first time for many years. The line up
consisting of Stephen Mynott, Les Woodley, Andy Marr and Lynne creates a
rich sound full of harmonies that might be described as 'folk rock' but
is hard to label due to John's eclectic repetoire and the musical versitlity
of the highly talented musicians.
John has been described
as an energetic, passionate and spirited performer who successfully combines
humour with thought-provoking songs. From his self-taught musical roots,
John has earned a reputation as an excellent and versatile guitarist and
his explosive bodhran playing has drawn much attention. He is regularly
booked to lead bodhran workshops at folk festivals. John sometimes includes
harmonica, mandolin and banjo at live gigs to enhance the variety of instrumental
John’s warm and versatile
style entertains and engages the audience, usually ensuring a repeat invitation.
His repertoire, which is wide and varied, reflects his musical tastes and
his enjoyment in playing in different styles, at large and intimate venues
alike, and to different types of audience. As well as John’s original
compositions, his set for different occasions can include traditional folk,
light jazz and popular standards from the last 50 years of rock and pop.