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Solo banjo player.
* Award winning and highly experienced Banjo player!
* Repertoire includes foot tappling Bluegrass plus interpretations of Jazz, Blues and Romantic pieces!
* Previous experience includes winning BBC 2 Young Folk awards and the prestigious Walnut Valley Banjo Contest plus working alongside Jool Holland, Mark Knopfler and Courtney Pine!
John became a banjo teacher and performer during his school years. Originally a classical violinist he began playing the banjo at the age of 13. He won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards at 18 years. When he was 21 years he became the first person from outside the United States to win the prestigious Walnut Valley Banjo Contest held in Winfield, Kansas, the largest known Banjo competition in America.
John has worked alongside Jools Holland, Mark Knopfler and Courtney Pine in the prime time BBC documentary ‘Play it Again’ where he taught British stand up comedian Frank Skinner how to play the Banjo. His debut album, ‘The Underground Sessions’, was entirely recorded in a 300 year old Cornish tin mine and chosen as one of the top ten favourite albums of 2011 by American periodical Banjo Newsletter.
At your event John will dazzle your guests with some fast, exciting foot tapping Bluegrass music that will surely put everyone in a happy mood. But this award winning banjo player is also known for his unique way of interpreting jazz, blues and classical music to make it work on the banjo, making him musically versatile for any scenario. He's even been asked on many occasions to play sweet romantic styles while the bride walks down the aisle. The banjo provides a fun and unique alternative to have as solo entertainment.
John is published by Faber Music and is author of 'The Contemporary Banjo Player'.