John and Mario Live


Up-and-Coming Gigs



7th - Private Function

14th - Private Function

15th - The Wildman, Norwich - 3.00pm - The John Ward Band

25th - Norwich Beer Festival - The John Ward Band

29th - Herring Festival - The Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk (details to follow) - The John Ward Trio


1st - Waveney Folk Collective, Oakes Barn, St Andrews St South, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3PH (men's health awareness event) - The John Ward Trio

4th - Private Function

11th - The Ship, Blaxhall, Suffolk - The John Ward Band - 9.00pm

18th - The John Peel Centre, Stowmarket - The John Ward Trio opening for Reg Meuross

26th - Sailors' Home, Kessingland, Suffolk - 3.00pm (solo)


2nd - The Stanford Arms, Lowestoft - The John Ward Band - 9.00pm

19th - Private Function

31st - New Years' Eve Ceilidh with John Ward's Skiphire - The Froize, Chillesford, Suffolk (more details to follow)


January 2018

13th - Private Function

15th - Waltham Abbey Folk Club, Royal British Legion, Brooker Road, Waltham Abbey, Essex - The John Ward Trio

29th - Croydon Folk Club, Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Rd, Croydon, Surrey CR0 1BD - The John Ward Trio

30th - Bracknell Folk Club, The Sun, Windlesham, Surrey - The John Ward Trio

February 2018

3rd - Beccles Public Hall, Beccles - The John Ward Band

March 2018

1st - Railway Roots Club, The Railway Inn, Portslade - The John Ward Trio

24th - Private Function

April 2018

18th - Ely Folk Club, Ely - The John Ward Trio

20th - Waveney Folk Club, Lowestoft - The John Ward Band with Mario Price

May 2018

6th - Private Function

19th - Private Function

29th - Wurzel Bush Folk Club, The Bulls Head, Coventry Road, Brinklow, Nr Rugby - The John Ward Trio

June 2018

1st - Milkmaid Folk Club, Bury St Edmunds

2nd - Private Function

3rd - Festival - East Sussex (more details to follow)

9th - Private Function

16th - Private Function

27th - Southwold Arts Festival - The John Ward Trio (more details to follow)

July 2018

14th - Private Function

16th - Midway Folk Club, Stockport - The John Ward Trio

18th - Cottingham Live Folk Club, The Back Room, 175a Hallgate, Cottingham, East Yorkshire - The John Ward Trio

28th - Private Function

August 2018

10th-12th - Saltburn Folk Festival - The John Ward Trio

17th-19th - Folk East Festival

26th - Private function

November 2018

19th - Tonbridge Folk Club, Hildenborough, Kent - The John Ward Trio

24th - Private Function

December 2018

8th - White Hart Folk Club, Mickleby, North Yorks - The John Ward Trio




Spring 2017

Well, the first 3 months of the year have just flown by and we're busy sowing seeds, digging holes and pruning fruit trees here at Ward Towers. We've had some lovely spring days so far and hopes are high for a good summer and a bountiful vegetable patch, '...sow a seed I gathered, eat a meal I sowed...' - it's a song you might know ... if you've bought Sargasso.

Lynne, Les and I had a recent trip up north for a gig at Midway Folk Club in Stockport. We had a great time being shown around the sights of Stockport (thanks Gethin!) and a very enjoyable gig, but the lurgy got the better of us and we had to cancel a couple of spots at Lymm and Northwich Clubs unfortunately.

Our next trip north will be for the Gt North Folk Festival in Botton on Friday 26th to Sunday 28th May.

As well as recent airplay on Radio 2 and Mike Harding, we also put in a recent appearance on Channel 4's Come Dine With Me, singing one of my maritime songs. Recorded last summer, it was good fun and they said nice things about the music so can't be bad. There's a new video of us on youtube playing live at Folk East last year if you fancy having a look. Keep an eye on the channel, or subscribe, as there will be more videos to come soon.

The full gig list for the year as it stands at the moment is further down but remember dates are being added all the time.

Here are just some highlights which are coming up the rest of the year:

The Great North Folk Festival in North Yorkshire over the weekend of the 26th of May

Southwold Arts Festival on June 28th - The John Ward Trio and the wonderful Radio 2 Folk Awards nominees, O'Hooley and Tidow

Hadleigh Folk Club on July 7th

The Everyman Folk Club in Liverpool on the July 25th

Folk East on the weekend of August 18th to 20th - The John Ward Trio's East Anglian set

Burston Rally on Sept 3rd

Loughton Folk Club on Sept 14th

... so there's a few to be getting in your diaries, but do check the full gig list for the year further down. We're adding to it regularly, so keep checking.

After recent airplay on Radio 2, Mike Harding has taken a liking to the new album Sargasso and played Pull the Ladder Up from it recently. Here's the link if you would like to tune in to his excellent show .. Mike Harding Show number211.

Sargasso continues to pick up very good reviews and airplay across the country and beyond. If you haven't got your copy yet you can get the CD from this website - also available as downloads. Sargasso features the full band, plus appearances by Mario Price, Ian Sainsbury and Richard Hubbard.


Below is a list of some radio stations and shows that play folk and roots music should you want to go in search of more. Of course, if you feel like requesting one of my tracks I wouldn't complain.....

Folk Radio UK

Mike Harding Folk Show

Mark Radcliffe

Stephen Foster

Felixtowe Radio - Roger Pettit

Keep an eye on the John Ward Music Facebook and Twitter pages (and give it the old thumbs up to make sure you receive the posts).

The Facebook page - John Ward Music have a look. Also there's the emailing list for the occasional newsletter.

Gig Archive



7th - Private Function

14th - Private Function

18th - Support spot Ely Folk Club, Cambridgeshire 8.00pm

21st - Private Function


5th - The Wildman, Norwich 3.00pm - The John Ward Band

9th - Great Bardfield Folk Club, Essex 8.00pm - The John Ward Trio

12th - Sailors Home, Kessingland, Suffolk 3pm (solo)

13th - Midway Folk Club, The Midway, 263 NewBridge Lane, Stockport, SK1 2NX - The John Ward Trio

19th - The Ship, Blaxhall, Suffolk 3.00pm (solo)


2nd - Grapevine at the Guildhall, Cafe Brittania, The Guildhall, Norwich - The John Ward Band (doors open 7.00pm)

3rd - The Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk (The John Ward Band), 7.30 Tickets - The Cut

17th - Private Function

18th - The Globe, Wells Next The Sea, Norfolk. St Patricks Night event

26th - The Red Lion Coltishall, Norfolk 4.00pm - The John Ward Band SORRY CANCELLED WILL BE RE-ARRANGED

31st - The Dukes Head Somerleyton, Suffolk 9.00pm (solo)


15th - The Three Horseshoes, Barnby, Suffolk - The John Ward Band, 9.00pm

18th - Private Function

21st - Charity event - Kings Arms, Ely CB7 4ES - The John Ward Trio, 8.00pm (more details to follow)

23rd - Sailors' Home, Kessingland, Suffolk 3pm (solo)

28th - Private Function

30th - May Day Festival - Seagull Theatre - The John Ward Band 7.00pm and Luke Wright, stopping off from his current tour at 8.30pm


3rd - Rotary Club Charity Event for the Seagull Theatre - Parkhill 7.00pm - The John Ward Trio featuring Mario Price - Ticketed event

5th - Folk on the Pier Fringe, Cromer - John Ward Trio - 5.55 to 6.30

6th - Chequers, Bungay, Suffolk (solo)

7th - Spoken Word & Music Day - The Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk - featuring John Ward's The Iron Bridge, The John Ward Trio, Martin Newell & the Hosepipe Band and headline from Attila The Stockbroker - 2pm through to evening £18

14th - The Ship, Blaxhall, Suffolk - 3.00pm (solo)

20th - Spoken Word & Music Day, featuring Attila The Stockbroker, Martin Newell & The Hosepipe Band, John Ward's The Iron Bridge and The John Ward Trio - Hadleigh, Suffolk

26th to 28th - Gt North Folk Festival, Botton, North Yorkshire - The John Ward Trio


10th - Private Function

17th - Private Function

18th - The Wildman, Norwich - 3.00pm - The John Ward Band

21st - Live Radio Spot - Radio Suffolk Stephen Foster Show from The Apex, Bury St Edmunds - 4.00 to 7.00pm

28th - Southwold Arts Festival Folk Night - Southwold Rugby Club, The Common, Southwold, Suffolk - O'Hooley and Tidow and The John Ward Band - 7.30pm


1st - The Stanford Arms, Lowestoft - The John Ward Band - 9.00pm

7th - Hadleigh Folk Club, Hadleigh, Suffolk - The John Ward Trio

8th - Private Function - (afternoon gig)

9th - Private Function

14th - Duke's Head, Somerleyton (solo)

15th - Private Function

16th - The Red Lion, Coltishall - 3.00pm - The John Ward Band

21st - Deal Folk Club, Kent - The John Ward Trio (moved from 12 May)

22nd - Private Function (afternoon gig)

24th - Acoustic Eclectic at The Billy Goat, 71-73 Stamford Street, Mossley, Ashton-under-Lyne

25th - The Everyman Folk Club, Liverpool - The John Ward Trio

26th - The Blossoms, Stockport - The John Ward Trio

27th - The Beggars' Folk Club, The Hildyard Pub, Patrington, Yorkshire - The John Ward Trio

28th - Private Function

29th - Cambridge Folk Festival - Club Tent - afternoon spot (more details to follow)

30th - Red Herring, Oulton Broad (solo)


2nd - Beach Farm - informal gig

5th - Sailors' Home, Kessingland - afternoon gig - charity day - The John Ward Band plus others

6th - The Ship, Blaxhall, Suffolk - 3.00pm (solo)

15th - Beach Farm - informal gig

17th - Private Function

18th to 20th - Folk East Festival, Glemhall Hall, Suffolk - Broad Roots presents a top line up on the BR stage - details to follow

19th - Private Function - John and Mario

26th - The Kitchen at Thorpeness, Barn Hall, Leiston, IP16 4NW - 1.50pm - The John Ward Trio

27th - Sailors' Home, Kessingland, Suffolk - 3.00pm (solo)


3rd - Burston Rally, Burston, Norfolk - The John Ward Band

8th - Performance of The Malsters song at The Cut, Halesworth - The MALT Project Launch. Halesworth residents are welcome but please contact Simon Raven in advance on

9th - Private Function

11th - Private Function

14th - Loughton Folk Club, Essex - The John Ward Trio

15th - The Guildhall, Norwich -The John Ward Band



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