"…magnificent songs… this man and his excellent band are one of the UK music scene’s best kept secrets" -- Stephen Foster, BBC Radio Suffolk “A singer-songwriter and guitarist to watch out for” -- The Times
"John appears to be playing everywhere in 2019 so an added bonus will be the chance of catching this album [Life Drawing] performed live. Thoroughly recommended." -- Paul Jackson, Fatea
Based in East Anglia, on the most easterly point of the British Isles, singer, musician and writer, John Ward, has established himself as a prolific and formidable songwriter on the folk, roots and acoustic music scene and has 8 critically-acclaimed CDs and a published book to his credit. John writes in a variety of styles, and has been commissioned to write songs and music for various projects, but his heart is in folk and roots music.
Performing an eclectic mix of music, John tours extensively across the UK and beyond, most often with his Trio or 4-piece band, and sometimes solo. He is a fine musician, specialising in acoustic guitar, bass guitar, harmonica and bodhran. John is also an experienced 6-string guitar, bass guitar and bodhran teacher.
As well as writing and performing his own original music, John is also a popular entertainer, often providing music for private functions, weddings and parties, either solo, with his 4-piece band or his long-standing ceilidh band, Skiphire.
Explore the website to find out more about John, his live work and recordings.
“Excellent lyrics, beautiful tunes” -- Folk Roundabout
"The John Ward Band is folk at its finest" -- East Anglian Daily Times
" [Sargasso] ... with John's wide song writing lens and easy way with a chorus, it is not hard to imagine a few of these tunes being picked up and covered by bands like Fairport Convention" -- Fatea
"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 arranger of the top order" -- Richard Grainger, Festival Organiser
"The best folk music set I have ever seen ... literally" Attila the Stockbroker
Life Drawing - 2019
Recorded over the last year in Suffolk, the CD has been mastered in London and includes an 8-page booklet with photos, sleeve notes and full lyrics. Life Drawing follows John’s acclaimed 2016 album, ‘Sargasso’, and features his excellent band and some favourite guest musicians. Drawing on the lives of people he has met on his travels, his own family and the testing times in which we live, the album explores themes such as the language of love through music and art, hope overcoming adversity, the solace of singing together, escape from entrapment and the triumph of love, amongst other subjects.