"The John Ward Trio gave us powerful songs, fine harmonies, skilled accompaniment and a breathtaking bodhran solo from John. The audience loved it, gave them one of the most enthusiastic responses the Club has seen in over 30 years and demanded that they be booked again" -- Folk on the Moor, Devon
“Last night we had a bloody good time because of you guys. The quality of songwriting and production presented live without technics was faultless. Great harmonies and instrumental work, in particular, the bodhran. A return visit is a must” -- Mike Peach, Organiser - Anchor Folk Club
"What a wonderful evening this lively trio gave us, with well-crafted songs enhanced by their voal harmonies and superb musicianship! -- Jackie White, Organiser - Dorking Folk Club
" ...magnificent songs ... killer harmonies ..." -- Grapevine
“The best folk music set I have ever seen ... literally" -- Attila the Stockbroker
John has achieved an excellent reputation as a writer of powerful, thought-provoking and witty folk songs that often draw upon his life in a gritty port town and his wider travels in the world.
After a life travelling on the road and making music, in 2014, Les Woodley, joined forces with John and Lynne to bring a fuller sound to these excellent songs that often capture the spirit of the times, and to perform them at folk clubs and festivals across the UK. The Trio also draws on its wider repertoire of traditional and contemporary songs and tunes, particularly songs suited to chorus singing.
The Trio majors on powerful 3-part harmonies, accompanied by acoustic guitar, bodhran, harmonica, double bass, mandolin, accordion and whistles. All self-taught musicians who are no strangers to busking, the Trio’s performances are authentic and from the heart. Their choice of material, variety of instruments, versatility and engaging humour, not to mention John’s blistering bodhran solos, blend to delight and entertain folk audiences in intimate venues and bigger stages alike.
When the event suits, the Trio can bring their maritime set to sea festivals or perform John’s wide collection of self-penned East Anglian songs, about the people, the land and the sea in the region he was born and raised in.
- Presentation of the story of Buffalo Bill's 1903-4 tour of the UK with accompanying songs
- John's unique style of bodhran playing and show-stopping solos are an audience favourite and John regularly does bodhran workshops
- John is a prolific and renowned songwriter and has been commissioned to write for funded projects. John offers songwriting workshops at festivals.
- Lynne is an experienced MC and is happy to offer this to festivals
“We were fortunate to have the John Ward Trio … their use of harmonies was spot on … neat instrumental work … but when John went off on a bodhran solo it was spectacular … I never knew you could achieve that with a bodhran! We’ll look forward to a reprise in the future” -- Steve Primarolo, Organiser – Bracknell Folk Club
"Great entertainers – gave us a brilliant night to remember" -- Michael Jaselsky, Waltham Abbey Folk Club
"All agreed The John Ward Trio gave us a couple of storming sets last night. The Club, pub regulars and staff all transfixed and appreciative. Some great comments and requests for a return visit as soon as possible” -- Bill Pardon, Waltham Abbey Folk Club
“The John Ward Trio … I was left with a feeling like wearing a warm overcoat with all the music blended within. A group worth seeking out" -- Brian Dalton, Organiser – Croydon Folk Club
“Highly skilled performers - entertaining and professional” -- Col Campbell, Organiser - Folk Coritani