The Pajama Game, CFT

We’re approaching the final week of The Pajama Game in beautiful Chichester; the run had apparently broken the record for most successful show in the Minerva Theatre!

It’s great fun in the guitar chair, amidst a 10-piece big band with my CS339, Spanish and Martin steel-string, we’re tasked with making quite the groovy noise, with stunning & challenging orchestrations courtesy of Mr Chris Egan. Really most enjoyable.

Plus I’ve just taken delivery of a gorgeous relic’d T-style from the lovely Eternal Guitars. Might try to slip it into one of the numbers, I’ve always felt this show was lacking a little twang…

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Updates, and video!

What-ho, all!
Crikey, been a while. Things have been busy around the start of the year, all fun & games and I’m still around. Just forgetting to update the site, really.

So here’s somethin’, a video from a workshop performance of ‘My Land’s Shore’ that I think is rather special:

Gorgeous arrangements and a lovely band. I used my Martin 000CX and an AER Compact 60 for all the strummage. Enjoy!

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Debut album from Idle Kings available NOW

Evening all,

Excited to announce the release of ‘Fireflies’, the debut album from the alt rock band Idle Kings. I can be heard playing misc. lead guitar bits and loud fuzzy chords throughout.

Listen to/buy ‘Fireflies’ here

Thanks!

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Live at The Haymarket

All may have been quiet on the update front, but the playing front has certainly been rather loud of late.

This week I have the great pleasure of playing lead guitar/vocals with The Craze Band, as part of ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ at The Theatre Royal Haymarket. I’m using the opportunity to debut my lovely new G&L ASAT Classic T…

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New Album available!

People!
Very excited to announce the release of “A Song Cycle for Soho” Original Cast Recording:
Click here to see the album on iTunes

Currently available on iTunes with CD released soon!

Also featuring the multitudinous talents of MD Sarah Travis and cast Claire Moore, Niamh Perry, Michael Cantwell & James Gillan.

All new compositions, was a fantastic show to be involved with.

Enjoy!

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New video: Live from the studio!

Hello hello,

After a fun session yesterday with an exciting new project, I can share this clip of an improvised solo from the playout of a rather epic song:

It’s just the Suhr into a Line 6 POD Live X3 (there was a LOT of tone-tweaking going on that day…) but has a suitably arena-friendly sound I think.

It was a lot of fun to record, and the changes were surprisingly tricky to navigate on-the-fly without sounding too ‘jazz’.

Enjoy!

John.

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13th November World Premiere – Howard Goodall’s Oratorio

What ho, gentlefolk of the internet.

In case anyone’s wondering what is happening in my little world at the moment – next Sunday 13th November sees me in the orchestra playing classical guitar for Howard Goodall’s new Oratorio, Every Purpose Under the Heaven, in Westminster Abbey.

We had a great rehearsal with the choir & orchestra in the beautiful Lincoln Cathedral last week, and everything sounded most marvellous. And it is, as ever, a pleasure to work again with such a fine composer and chap.

More details can be found here.

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