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John has lived in many different areas but is still a Northerner at heart. However it was during a long spell in the East Midlands that he became one of the founding members of the Leicestershire-based band Oakenshield for 5 years in the 80's, recording two albums of mostly traditional music.
After that he played on the pub circuit in the Coventry area and briefly in other folk bands (Grass Roots and RedHanded), until deciding to concentrate on his own songs, performing solo with guitar. Then in the 90's, work brought him back to the North West where he teamed up with Ailsa (well, he married her, but apart from that...) and set up home in Cheshire. Sadly, Ailsa's fine voice was lost to us after a long illness in April 2019.