John showed interest in music at the age of 11 when his dad and sister attended music lessons, playing the electronic organ. It wasn’t long before they realised that John had an ear for music. He would often come home after their lesson and play the tune that they were learning before them, without the aid of music. You would often catch John balancing on one leg so he could play the pedals, although it wasn't long before he was tall enough to reach them while sitting on the organ stool.
John then had lessons and was often put forward into Yamaha Electone festivals where he was successful in getting to the the England finals. He would take his inspiration from players such as Glyn Madden and Max Takano.
At the age of 16 he left school and was teaching classes for the Yamaha music school. He also had an active part in demonstrating keyboards, pianos and the then top of the range organ Yamaha EL90, which was his dream to one day own. Sadly that was never to happen as finances were never that good.
John got married at the age of 21 but as money was needed he was forced to sell his beloved Yamaha HS6, this turned into a Fiat Panda! He then only kept up with music by teaching the keyboard, but always missed the enjoyment of playing the organ.
Sixteen years later and now John has his ultimate dream organ, the Yamaha EL900m. John has always prided himself on making the organ sound like a full orchestra, big band or traditional organ, the EL900m has allowed him to do just this. He spends time on making his arrangements unique and full of feeling, he uses his own rhythms to add that personal touch and never uses multi-tracking as he believes in playing the organ live making it also entertaining to watch.
John has put together a concert that he feels has something for everyone from modern day to past classics. As an added bonus a screen and projector system can be provided on request at no extra cost.
Please visit my website for audio clips.
News update :- As of 2016 John has be touring the UK with the new Yamaha Stagea ELS 02c. John is enjoying performing on this powerful instrument and using it to its full potential, LIVE! This is the new Electone from Yamaha and not available in the UK it was purchased through www.tarotrade.com
John will also be featured at the following festivals this year.
|Concerts in 2017|
|September 7th||North Staffs Organ and Keyboard Club|
|September 8th||Ringwood Meeting House (more details)|
Tickets £7. Contact Barbara 01425 471267
|September 13th||Lincoln Electronic Organ and Keyboard Society|
|September 18th||Nene Valley Organ Club - Northampton|
|October 2nd||Cheadle and District Organ Society|
|October 11th||Clacton Keyboard Music Club (Formerly Clacton & District Organ Society)|
|November 9th||York Electronic Organ & Keyboard Society|
|November 14th||East Coast Organ Society|
|November 16th||Sussex Keyboard and Organ Club|
|December 10th||Rutland Organ and Keyboard Music Club|
|December 11th||Medway Organ and Keyboard Club|
|December 13th||Sutton in Ashfield Electronic Organ Society|
|Concerts in 2018|
|January 31st||Bedford Organ and Keyboard Club|
|February 27th||Hastings & Bexhill Organ & Keyboard Society|
|March 8th||Sleaford Organ Club|
|March 20th||Bedworth Organ Society|
|March 27th||Norwich Electronic Organ and Keyboard Club|
|April 21st||Belper & District Organ & Keyboard Club|
|May 3rd||Weston Organ and Keyboard Club|
|June 4th||Nuneaton and District Organ Society|
|June 12th||Cardiff Live Music Club|
|June 19th||Bideford Keyboard and Organ Club|
|July 10th||Lowestoft and District Organ and Keyboard Club|
|August 21st||Musical Breaks (more details)|
Kensington Hotel, Llandudno, Evening Concert
|September 5th||Grimsby Keyboard & Electronic Organ Club|
|September 6th||Scunthorpe Organ Society|
|September 9th||Swineshead Charity Concerts (more details)|
|September 25th||Gloucestershire Keyboard and Organ Club|
|October 4th||North Staffs Organ and Keyboard Club|
|October 26th||Crawley Keyboard Club|
|November 14th||Hailsham Organ Club|
|December 10th||Derby Organ and Keyboard Club|