John Ward Trio
“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
“Last night we had a bloody good time because of you guys. The quality of songwriting and production presented live without technics was faultless. Great harmonies and instrumental work, in particular, the bodhran. A return visit is a must” – Anchor Folk Club
“What a wonderful evening this lively trio gave us, with well-crafted songs enhanced by their vocal harmonies and superb musicianship! – Dorking Folk Club
” …magnificent songs … killer harmonies …” – Grapevine
“The best folk music set I have ever seen … literally” – Attila the Stockbroker
John has achieved an excellent reputation as a writer of powerful, thought-provoking and witty folk songs that often draw upon his life in a gritty port town and his wider travels in the world.
After a life travelling on the road and making music, Les Woodley joined forces with John and Lynne in 2014 to bring a fuller sound to these excellent songs that often capture the spirit of the times, and to perform them at folk clubs and festivals across the UK. The trio also draws on its wider repertoire of traditional and contemporary songs and tunes, particularly those suited to chorus singing. The trio majors on powerful three-part harmonies, accompanied by acoustic guitar, bodhran, harmonica, double bass, mandolin, accordion and whistles. All self-taught musicians who are no strangers to busking, the trio’s performances are authentic and from the heart. Their choice of material, variety of instruments, versatility and engaging humour (not to mention John’s blistering bodhran solos) blend to delight and entertain folk audiences in intimate venues and bigger stages alike.