Dear friends,

My new single ‘Burden Of The Road’ is out today! It's a letter from the road, started late at night in a dark LA motel. I dedicate it to anyone who works away from home, for more than a minute at a time.

I finished the song with friends Pam Sheyne & Martin Sutton and managed to express something that’s been on my mind a while. The healing power of song, doing its work.

I recorded the song with producer Sam Lakeman in Somerset. I played everything except shakers (Sam) and drums (Jay Sikora).

I hope you enjoy this song. It’s not intended to announce an album; rather I just wrote it and wanted you to hear it as soon as possible. I’ll be releasing some more music like this soon.

I write from Ullapool, Scotland where I launched Hummingbird one whole year ago! This felt like the right weekend to release a new song. I’m playing a set of duets here on Friday with Clive Carroll, then I'm off around the UK on a solo tour. I’m looking forward to interpreting my songs in a stripped-back context with a few guitars.

I'm excited to share that we'll be recording every show on this tour. I'll start taking song requests next week on my social media. Get your tickets today so you can be a part of this musical document, something we can create together.

It all starts 19 October at Islington Assembly Hall in London. Ben Ottewell (of Gomez) and Cara Dillon will be joining me to collaborate on a few songs, and share some of their own. The show will be opened by Portland Brothers (Steven Adams of the Broken Family Band and Timothy Victor of The Folk Orchestra).

I'd love to see you out there.

John x


04-06 Oct -- Ullapool Guitar Festival TICKETS
19 Oct -- London, UK * TICKETS
20 Oct -- Exeter, UK # TICKETS
25 Oct -- Carlisle, UK + TICKETS
26 Oct -- Hebden Bridge, UK + TICKETS
27 Oct -- Bristol, UK ^ TICKETS
29 Oct -- Sheffield, UK % TICKETS
30 Oct -- Leeds, UK % TICKETS
31 Oct -- Glasgow, UK % TICKETS
01 Nov -- Stockton, UK % TICKETS
03 Nov -- Chester, UK % TICKETS

* featuring Cara Dillon & Ben Ottewell; Portland Brothers support
# Ben Morgan-Brown supports
+ Kitty Macfarlane supports
^ Georgia Ruth supports
% The Magpies support