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John Ward Trio

Powerful, gritty and witty songs - both original and traditional - performed with heartfelt authenticity and humour by one of the UK's finest folk trios.

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John Ward Trio
John Ward Trio

Time & Location

23 Mar 2024, 19:30 – 21:30

Music Room, 7-15 Fye Bridge St, Norwich NR3 1LJ, UK

About the event

John Ward Trio present John's acclaimed folk songs which draw on his life on the Suffolk coast and his wider travels in the world. With powerful three-part harmonies, guitar, double bass, mandolin, accordion and John’s show-stopping bodhran playing, the trio’s performances are authentic and heartfelt, and delight audiences across the UK.

Join us for an intimate evening of music, showcasing a variety of musical styles and some new material from John’s latest CD and book release - Congress - which has twice been serialised on BBC Radio.

  • “The quality of the writing, music and production is superb. It’s a programme that would not sound out of place on the likes of BBC Radio 4” – BBC Radio Suffolk
  • “Unmissable storytelling” – Broadcaster
  • “ .. of course, beautiful songs: some uplifting, others haunting .. played and sung with skill, magic, and heart” – Lowestoft Centre for the Arts & Heritage
  • “A wonderful production worthy of a wide audience” – Folk Club Organiser
  • "…magnificent songs… this man and his excellent band are one of the UK music scene’s best kept secrets" – BBC Radio Suffolk
  • “The best folk music set I have ever seen. Literally.”  – The Morning Star
  • “...the hardest thing about writing this review has been trying not to repeat all the superlatives I used up with 2016's Sargasso” – Fatea
  • “He is a poet and a lyricist, a writer and arranger of the top order” – Great North Festival
  • “We were fortunate to have the John Ward Trio … their use of harmonies was spot on … but when John went off on a bodhran solo it was spectacular … I never knew you could achieve that with a bodhran!” – Bracknell Folk Club 
  • "A singer and guitarist to watch out for" – The Times
  • "Excellent" – Folk Roots


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