SONGS & MUSIC
John feels all his music to be a form of song. First with his mother, then in school and abbey choirs, and finally in folk clubs, it was above all with his voice that he learnt to express himself.
Member of several groups over the years (such as the renowned John Renbourn Group), as well as singing he has added accompaniments with flutes, mandolin, guitar and violin. But it was his meeting with the family of Appalachian dulcimers that led him to discover his real talents as a performer, composer, even virtuoso.
His concert’s songs and instrumentals come from English, Irish and French traditions, with personal compositions and improvisations. Dances and reveries, jigs and gavottes, love songs and ballads, themes from the 20th century and the Renaissance: all keep company, weaving together throughout the concert — not forgetting that, as a story-teller, he can never resist the temptation to include some tasty tales …
(see ‘Musical Press’ below)
John has earned a worldwide reputation for his Appalachian Dulcimer playing and for the unique versions of the instrument that he has developed. *
He also likes to include violin and flute pieces: as lyrical as his dulcimer music, they introduce a warm variety of ‘colours’ to the concert. Sometimes unusual instruments can slip into the show too…
* 3 & 5-string, acoustic & electric.