We’re delighted to be welcoming Jon Wilks back to our living rooms this February!
Jon’s background as a journalist (a former editor of Time Out magazine and contributor to Dazed & Confused, The Guardian and other publications) means that he has a great eye and ear for a story. This shines through in his live shows, which offer an amusing mix of folk song performance and conversation. He throws in weird and wonderful tidbits about the original singers and collectors that he’s unearthed during his work writing and podcasting about traditional folk music in the UK, and his performances have been described as half concert, half stand-up routine.
To date, Jon has recorded three full-length folk albums and one EP. He’s also released three albums and one EP with his duo, The Grizzly Folk, and an album and EP with Japan-based indie band, Cutflowers (in a former life). His most recent solo album, Up The Cut, was released in February 2021 to great acclaim. As well as gigging whenever he can, Jon co-runs Whitchurch Folk Club in Hampshire, and writes and podcasts about folk music.
“The sort of performer folk circles mean when they talk of the living tradition.” – Mike Davies, Folking.com
“Up The Cut is a beautiful album. Affecting, simple guitar, exquisitely accompanied by Wilks’ authentic, honest voice. A raw, but entirely seductive, performance. One for all lovers of traditional songs delivered with minimal frills.” – Folk Radio