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