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Virtuoso Musician and Actor

News and Appearances

Shortlisted for CATS 2013

John was shortlisted by the CRITICS' AWARDS FOR THEATRE IN SCOTLAND in the category Best Music and Sound, for his work in A Taste of Honey, for the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, Edinburgh.


Cullen Skink

New CD Available

John's new CD - Cullen Skink is now available for
online ordering

Forthcoming performances

John will be appearing soon in the following shows and events:

  • Mandalay,Burma
  • Hong Kong
  • Edinburgh,Dockers Club
  • Brighton
  • Edinburgh,Brass Tracks
  • Arbroath,Brass tracks

Recent Appearances

In the last few months John has been involved with these shows:

  • Kingston on Thames
  • Halifax
  • Philomusica, Edinburgh Fringe
  • Brass Tracks, St Marks Unitarian Church, Edinburgh Fringe
  • Comedy Club, Edinburgh Fringe 4th to 13th August
  • Brass Tracks at St.Mary`s Cathedral, Edinburgh
  • Newcastle University
  • Bedford, The Quarry Theatre
  • Barry Island, Wales
  • Fyne Fest, Inveraray.
  • New Plymouth, New Zealand
  • Limelight, Aotea Centre, Auckland Festival, New Zealand
  • Malvern, Worcestershire
  • Doncaster, Hill House School
  • Brass Tracks in Torphichen
  • Nottingham, Theatre Royal
  • Amsterdam
  • Utrecht, Holland
  • Berlin
  • Brass Tracks, Newton Stewart
  • Aberystwyth,Wales
  • Brass Tracks, Dunfermline
  • Fife College,Kirckaldy
  • Bath
  • Norwich
  • Gateshead with Brass Tracks
  • Shrewsbury,Shropshire
  • Worcestershire
  • Swansea,Wales
  • Cambridge,Fitzwilliam museum
  • Isle of Arran, with Brass Tracks
  • Wimbledon book Festival,London
  • Ilkley Book festival,Yorkshire
  • Glasgow ,university
  • Kew gardens,London
  • Godalming College,London
  • Moniac Mhor, Beauly, Invernesshire
  • Lindores Abby,Newburgh
  • Edinburgh Book Festival
  • Edinburgh Book Festival
  • Stand Comedy Club,1 week Edinburgh Fringe
  • Curiosity Festival, Dorset
  • Ledbury lit Fest
  • St.Andrews
  • Biggar
  • St.Boswells
  • Corbridge,Northumberland
  • Carlisle
  • Bramhall,Cheshire
  • Caernarfon,Wales
  • Oswestry.
  • Much Wenlock
  • Crickhowell,Powys,Wales
  • Monmouth,Wales
  • Chipping Norton
  • Oxford.
  • Bath
  • Falmouth,Cornwall
  • Manchester Children`s Book Fest.
  • Barony Bar,Makossa
  • Stoke on Trent
  • Devizes
  • Derby Cathedral
  • Bradford
  • Ross Priory,Loch Lomond with Brass Tracks
  • New Galloway, Andy Munro
  • Dingle,Ireland
  • Newton Stewart
  • Kircudbright
  • Studio 24,Edinburgh,Makossa
  • Glasgow,Makossa
  • Bath Comedy Festival
  • York Literary Festival
  • Canongate Kirk,Edinburgh
  • Dubai Lit Festival
  • Fife Sports Awards,Kirkcaldy
  • Durham Castle
  • St Albans
  • Lincoln University
  • Argyll House,Edinburgh
  • Wighams,Edinburgh
  • Celtic Connections,Glasgow
  • Bath Comedy Festival Launch
  • Much Wenlock,Shropshire
  • Brass Tracks, Scottish press awards,Edinburgh
  • Nottingham University
  • Guilford
  • Lewes,Sussex
  • Reading
  • Stowe school
  • Cambridge University
  • Sittingbourne,Kent
  • Stranraer with Brass Tracks.
  • Panoptican,Glasgow
  • Rochdale
  • Ludlow
  • Jersey,Channel Islands
  • Hull University
  • Barony Bar,Makossa
  • Inverness,Blas Festival
  • Talbot Rice gallery
  • Edinburgh International Book Festival
  • Assembly Rooms, Ed.Fringe 7-30 August 2015
  • Brass Tracks in St.Giles 3&5 August
  • Makossa,the Barony Bar
  • Niddfest, Yorkshire
  • Inverness,Wick
  • Penistone Literary Festival,Derbyshire
  • Manchester Met.University
  • Caeleon,Wales
  • Winchester Festival
  • Manchester Children`s Book Festival
  • Monmouth Literary Fest,Wales
  • Fyne Fest,Inveraray
  • Lincoln Castle
  • Makossa at Napier University
  • Makossa ,Lockerbie
  • Aberdeen Word Festival
  • Makossa in Stirling
  • Brass Tracks,Glasgow
  • Durham Castle
  • Geneva,Switzerland
  • Scottish Parliament
  • Lochgelly Arts Centre
  • Fife Sports Awards,Kirkcaldy
  • Manchester Library
  • Cheshunt,Hertfordshire
  • Makossa at the Barony
  • Festival Theatre,Edinburgh
  • Folkestone,Kent
  • Liverpool
  • Citizens theatre,Glasgow
  • Maidstone,Kent
  • Makossa,Pleasance Church
  • Holyrood Palace,Edinburgh
  • Oxford
  • Leeds
  • Canterbury,Kent
  • Hull
  • Moniack Mor,Invernesshire
  • Brass Tracks Quintet,Salvation Army Edinburgh
  • Brass Tracks Quintet,Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh I.Book Festival
  • Holyrood Palace,Edinburgh
  • Nid Festival,Yorkshire.
  • Ryedale,Yorkshire
  • Imperial War Museum North
  • Oxford,Magdalene College School
  • Southport
  • Portsmouth
  • Inverary,Argyllshire
  • Bath
  • Worcester,Ledbury Festival.
  • Banbury,Oxfordshire
  • Leuven University, Belgium
  • Peter O`Toole Tribute,London
  • Belfast
  • Annan,Locherbie
  • Inverness,Granton on Spey
  • Oldham
  • Kist O Music,Edinburgh
  • Frodsham,Cheshire
  • Hamburg,Germany
  • Fife Sports Awards,kirkcaldy
  • Ellon , Aberdeenshire
  • Stanza, St Andrews
  • Stanza,St.Andrews.
  • Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
  • Guildford, London
  • Makossa at the Barony,Edinburgh
  • Cinderella at Perth Rep.
  • Worcester
  • Devon
  • Aberdeen,Music Hall
  • Scarborough
  • Royal Festival Hall,London
  • Buckingham Palace,Ballroom
  • London,Wathamstow
  • Rochdale
  • Pontypool,Wales
  • U3A Penicuik
  • Inverness/Ulapool
  • Brunton Theatre ,Makossa
  • Ilkley, Yorkshire
  • Derry,Waterside Theatre, NI
  • London Hilton
  • Malborough College
  • Wakefield
  • Maidstone, kent.
  • Clifden,Ireland
  • Sevenoaks,Kent.
  • Manchester,MMU
  • Bath,Somerset
  • Glasgow
  • Arbroath
  • Oban
  • Wiggams,Edinburgh
  • Pencaitland
  • Edinburgh Int.Book Festival
  • Edinburgh Int.Book Festival
  • Wickerman Festival
  • Dartington, Devon
  • Aberdeen
  • Inverness
  • The Three Estaites,Linlithgow Palace.
  • Summerhall,Edinburgh
  • Click Clack Club,Edinburgh
  • Thornbury,South Gloucestershire
  • To The Cross, at Duddingston
  • Makossa, Portobelo
  • Kent Ladies College
  • Chorley Wood Lit.Fest.
  • Keswick
  • Nelson,Lancashire
  • Uppingham.
  • Concert for Stewart Hanratty
  • Carousel, St.Andrews
  • Nothern Stage Theatre, Newcastle
  • Manchester M.University
  • Bossonova Burns Night,Bennetts bar
  • Bossonova Burns Night,Bennetts bar
  • Strathclyde University with Makossa
  • Aberdeen
  • Mother Goose, Perth Rep
  • Cambridge,Fitzwilliam Museum.
  • Central Library,Edinburgh.
  • Oban
  • St. Brides, Edinburgh
  • Tin Hut, Gartly, Aberdeenshire, A Fyne Pear.
  • Durham, with Carolann
  • Bristol University,Wills Memorial Hall
  • British Library, London
  • Cheltenam Lit.Fest.
  • Inverness with Pete Baines
  • Dunfermline with Makossa
  • Leeds Minster
  • Foyles Book Shop, London
  • Bedales,Hampshire
  • Inverary Castle with Rab Handliegh
  • Frodsham,Cheshire
  • Broxburn. Makossa
  • Edinburgh International Book Festival
  • Edinburgh International Book Festival
  • St Giles Catherdral
  • Barony Bar, Makossa
  • Fringe by the Sea, North Berwick
  • Pittenwiem Arts Festival
  • Inverness, with Carolann Duffy
  • Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre
  • Manchester Childrens Festival
  • Manchester Childrens Festival
  • Wellington College
  • Bath, Widdcome Rising
  • Bodmin Book Festival
  • Waterfront Hall, Belfast,N.I.
  • Norwich Playhouse, with Carolann Duffy
  • Kings Place, London, CAD
  • Barony Bar with Makossa
  • Statford upon Avon
  • Aye Write Festival, Mitchel Theatre with Carollann Duffy & Liz Lochead
  • Enfield Theatre, London with CAD
  • Bath Literary Festival with Carolann Duffy
  • The Opening of Govanhill Baths, Glasgow
  • Bromsgrove Artrix Theatre
  • Olympic poem , East london
  • Launch Manchester Childrens Book Festival. MMU.
  • Tron Theatre Gala Night
  • Barony Bar with Makossa 20.30
  • Windsor , 16th Dec 2011 with Carol Ann Duffy
  • Cork Festival, Ireland with CarolAnn Duffy
  • Kings School, London 1st December,with Carolann Duffy
  • Bridgepark,dorset 25th November,with Carolann Duffy
  • Liverpool University with Carolann Duffy
  • Queen Elizabeth Hall, London with Carol Ann Duffy(sold out)
  • Burns museum,Ayrshire (sold out)
  • Kings School, Devon with Carolann Duffy
  • Festival Theatre, Edinburgh 13th-15 Oct 2011
  • Cheltenam Literary Festival
  • Theatre Royal, Glasgow - 4th-8th Oct 2011
  • Makossa,Barony Bar,Edinburgh
  • His Majesty`s, Aberdeen 27th Sept -Oct 1st,2011
  • Eden Court, Inverness, Para Handy Tour 21st-24 Sept 2011
  • Edinburgh International Book Festival 25th Aug 2011 with Carol Ann Duffy
  • Edinburgh International Book Festival 24th Aug 2011 with Carol Ann Duffy
  • Unision Venue,Edinburgh Fringe,with Carolann duffy
  • Kellie Castle, Pittenwiem Festival 6th Aug 2011with Stewart Hanratty
  • Lichfield Cathedral 13th July 2011with Carolann Duffy
  • Ledbury Book Festival - 1st July 2011 with Carolann Duffy
  • Poet in the City, Kings Place,London - 27th June 2011 with Carol Ann Duffy
  • Borders Book Festival, Melrose - 19th June 2011,with Stewart conn
  • Inverness, Medieval Fair 18th June 2011
  • Bridlington Poetry Festival - 11th June 2011, with Carol Ann Duffy
  • Tate, Liverpool 8th June 2011,with Carolann Duffy
  • Manchester Met. University - 7th June 2011,with Carolann Duffy
  • Meadows Festival, Edinburgh - 5th June 2011 with Stewart Hanratty
  • Lincoln Book Festival - 28th May 2011,with Carolann Duffy
  • Harrogate Grammar School - 23rd May 2011,with Carolann Duffy
  • Bryston School, Dorset 13th May 2011 with Carol Ann Duffy
  • Sheffield Lyric Festival - 12th May 2011 with Carol Ann Duffy
  • Tron Theatre, It`s a Dead liberty 4th May to 7th,Wildcat Band
  • Wenlock Poetry Festival www.wenlockpoetryfestival.org - 1st May 2011 with Carol Ann Duffy
  • Shore Poets with Stewart Conn - 1st May 2011
  • Stowe School, Buckinghamshire - 27th April 2011 with Carol Ann Duffy
  • Makossa,Barony Bar
  • Alladin at Perth Rep - Dec 4th to Jan 8th
  • With Carol Ann Duffy, Swindon - Nov 10th
  • Purcell Room, London with Carol Ann Duffy
  • With Carol Ann Duffy, Poole, Dorset - Oct 31st
  • With Carol Ann Duffy, Manchester Whitworth Gallery - Oct 17th
  • With Carol Ann Duffy, Lancaster & Morecombe- Oct 15th and 16th
  • With Carol Ann Duffy, Wirral Literary Festival - Oct 13th
  • Cheltenam Literary Festival
  • With Carol Ann Duffy, Ilkley Literary Festival, Yorkshire - Oct 10th
  • With Carol Ann Duffy, Hackney, London - Sept 29th
  • With Carol Ann Duffy, Budley Salterton, Devon - Sept 24th
  • With Carol Ann Duffy at Stone Poetry Festival, Staffordshire - Sept 19th
  • With Carol Ann Duffy at Sterts, Cornwall -Sept 9th and 10th
  • With Carol Ann Duffy at Clarence House, London - Sept 8th
  • With Makossa at The Three Monkeys - 28th Aug
  • Edinburgh Philomusica - Festival Concert - 19th Aug
  • Edinburgh International Book Festival with Carol Ann Duffy - 14th, 15th and 20th August
  • With A Fyne Pear in the Masonic Hall North Berwick during Fringe by the Sea
  • Edinburgh Storytelling Centre with Carol Ann Duffy at 3pm daily - 8th-23rd August - See Press Page
  • With Makossa at The Three Monkeys - 7th Aug
  • The Folkmoot Festival in North Carolina with Absolutely Legless - 21st July to 3rd August
  • Lichfield Festival with Carol Ann Duffy - 13th July
  • With Makossa at The Barony Bar - 4th July
  • Manchester Metropolitan University with Carol Ann Duffy - 2nd and 3rd July
  • With Makossa at The Three Monkeys - 26th June
  • The Steyten Festival with Carol Ann Duffy - 14th June
  • With the Natural Theatre Co in Bath - 13th June
  • Shore Poets with Stewart Conn
  • Bath Literary Festival with Carolann Duffy
  • Mandalay, Burma
  • Carousel, St.Andrews
  • Perth Pantomime
  • Dubai, Festival