about John


John started playing guitar at the age of 13 in London. Completely self taught, he formed various rock bands playing around the capital, from clubs and pubs to venues like The Shepherds Bush Empire (opening for Cliff Richard).

One of the most spectacular was a major event in front of Royalty, and playing with the top stars of the day.

Still playing in his rock band, John was moving towards jazz and blues, forming a vocal/guitar duo.>>>

They appeared at the legendary London music venue - The Red Cow in Hammersmith, playing regular residencies, as did Paul Weller, The Jam, The Stranglers, Squeeze, AC/DC, Sting & The Police plus many more. John was also doing BBC broadcast recording sessions at the iconic Maida Vale studios in Delaware Road, London.

Moving to Cornwall, John joined a fusion band called 'Matrix' a cool jazz rock outfit playing many gigs throughout the county, and regularly playing with an 18 piece big band. John also played behind the renowned jazz saxophonists Alan Skidmore and Joe Harriot and for shear diversity...recording with The Wurzels for BBC Television!

...and he started a studio

One of the first multi-track studios in Cornwall, producing albums and singles for many bands and musicians, including Ian Dunlop, founder member of the legendary 'Flying Burrito Brothers' band with the late Gram Parsons of The Byrds.

More studio space was needed so bigger premises was found and new, larger equipment installed.

The recording continued

John has played on hundreds of recordings and arranged scores of vocal harmonies. He has produced artistes for United Artists, Warner Bros. and RCA.

"I think you must always be creative, Peter Gabriel explained to me how he got the high squeal voice on the 'Intruder' track, by shouting into a tiny plastic amplifier and miking it"

John was also commissioned by the BBC to write and record several signature tunes for TV including the theme for 'Spotlight South West' he also appeared on TV demonstrating the tecniques. John plays with his many musician friends and uses the guitar and guitar synthesiser, and for the last 9 years - with the superb Kris Gayle as a duo - Knight & Gayle.

New Brenda Wootton CD from re-discovered tapes. See film