John Holmes is a celebrated folk and country blues singer and guitarist, based in Bristol and Bournemouth, UK. A journeyman of music, he tours the UK and Europe, performing in all manner of unusual venues and locations - from theatres to street shows to Westminster Hall - and has been invited to play live sessions on BBC Radio 2 on numerous occasions.
“Brilliant, gorgeous music.”
Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
His original songs are both relatable and lyrically rich, and they draw attention to the immediacy of the present moment. His lilting vocal style cradles the ear of the listener, and provides audiences with an sense of intimacy and home.
John also plays double bass with Jane Taylor Band.
John has been composer and musical director for theatre and storytelling shows including The Girl That Became a Boy (dir. Jo Blake) and To Have and to Hold (dir. Adam Fuller). He has also been lead performer and soloist in Jennifer Bell Company's acclaimed a-cappella song cycles In a Town (Bristol Proms) and Mouthpiece (as part of Parliament's 800th Anniversaries).