John Ward trio – April 8th

John Ward’s songwriting has been born from his life in a tough and gritty East Anglian fishing port that has seen more than its fair share of social change and decline. In 2014, Les Woodley (double bass and mandolin) and Lynne Ward (accordion and whistles) joined forces with John to bring a fuller sound to his moving and thought-provoking songs, which often capture the spirit of the times we live in. With powerful 3-part harmonies, John’s show-stopping bodhran playing and accomplished guitar work, the trio’s performances are authentic and from the heart and delight audiences across the UK.

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

“…magnificent songs… this man and his excellent band are one of the UK music scene’s best kept secrets” — Stephen Foster, BBC Radio Suffolk

What a wonderful evening this lively trio gave us, with well-crafted songs enhanced by their vocal harmonies and superb musicianship! “– Jackie White, Organiser – Dorking Folk Club

The best trad folk music set I have ever seen. Literally.” Attila the Stockbroker

Life Drawing CD … the hardest thing about writing this review has been trying not to repeat all the superlatives I used up with 2016’s Sargasso — Fatea”

I’ve always admired the fearless way John tackles certain themes often neglected by other folk artists. He is a poet and a lyricist, a writer and arrange of the top order” – Richard Grainger, Folk Singer and Festival Organiser

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” Waltham Abbey Folk Club

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

Love the Sargasso album … cracking songs’ Mike Harding

A singer and guitarist to watch out for’ The Times

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 – Last Thursday Folk Club

Excellent’ Folk Roots

strong songwriting with fine performances by John and the band‘ Fatea

His song writing abilities impress from the word go’ Rock n Reel

An exciting talent’ Folk on Tap

A Songwriter of maturity and depth’ – Time Out

.. powerful tales … canny depictions’ Living Tradition

Powerful originals‘ Eastern Daily Press

The John Ward Band is Folk at its finest’ East Anglian Daily Times

Support – Les Woodley