Based in East Anglia, on the most easterly point of the British Isles, John Ward, is a renowned songwriter on the folk, roots and acoustic music scene and has 9 critically-acclaimed CDs and 2 published books to his name. John writes in a variety of styles, and is commissioned to write songs and music for various projects, but his heart is in folk and roots music.  His songs receive national radio airplay, most recently by Mark Radcliffe on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show and his most recent album/book, Congress, was twice broadcast in 5 serialised episodes on BBC Radio Suffolk. John's songs are sung and recorded by other artists on the folk scene.

Performing an eclectic mix of music, John tours extensively across the UK and beyond, with his Trio and as a duo with wife, Lynne.  He is a fine musician, specialising in acoustic guitar, bass, harmonica and bodhran and is also an experienced 6-string guitar, bass and bodhran teacher.  Besides writing and performing his own original music, he is a sought-after entertainer for private events, weddings and parties, and has a popular ceilidh band, Skiphire.  

Explore the website to find out more about John, his live work and recordings. This is a brand new, re-designed website, is still in being put together so bear with us as there are still tweaks to be made and more content to go on.

Photos on this page by - Harry Scott and The Lens Artistic

Latest News

June 2024

Festival season is upon us and having just played Fishguard Festival in Wales we have some more coming up starting with First Light in our home town of Lowestoft on June 22nd then Bury St Edmunds, Kimpton,  The Great North in beautiful Botton, North Yorkshire and Stainsby  with more to be announced.  'Congress' is still  available to listen to on BBC Sounds, just Google 'Congress BBC' and the link should be the first thing that comes up.

John was recently guest presenter on Folk Friday Radio talking about and playing some of his favourite music. It's now available to listen to on Mix Cloud

 Recording  continues  on the next album which we hope will be out later this year.

Next next live dates coming up  between 14th and 22nd of June - Cambridge Folk Club, Saltburn Folk Club, First Light Festival

See Tour page for details



Latest Album and Book


New CD and book about Buffalo Bill’s visit to the UK in 1903 with his spectacular wild west show. Songs recorded by the John Ward Trio with guest musicians, Ian Sainsbury and Jim O’Toole.

Between 1902 and 1904 Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show toured the length and breadth of the British Isles visiting John's hometown of Lowestoft in September 1903. Inspired by these events John has written a book and a 23 song album that is also a live theatre show, a workshop and has been serialised and broadcast by BBC Radio Suffolk.


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