JON is one of folk music's leading songwriters, producing works of quality and craftsmanship. Not only is he a writer of some considerable skill, often controversial and always hard hitting, but his songs reflect his humanity and compassion in words of powerful beauty set to deceptively easy to listen to tunes, firmly rooted in the traditions of the British Isles.
Over the years he has written many memorable songs such as, "Old Soldiers", "Candles", "Poor Murdered Men" and "Cheap Boats" to name but a few and every year, audiences eagerly await his new material. His songs can be heard wherever quality singers gather as they discover the kind of songs they want to sing and the kind that audiences want to hear - songs that are set apart from the normal run of contemporary writing.
At the Miskinfolk '99 festival, he won the Harry Prigg Memorial Trophy for the best performance of a song at the festival. It was, of course, one of his own compositions, "Old Soldiers".
Jon is far from "An ordinary sort of man"
Visit the Redherring website for more background and some samples. http://pages.unisonfree.net/redherring/