Templecombe by The Grizzly Folk This train divides at Salisbury And heads on down to Templecombe Sometimes when I feel cut adrift I wonder if they’ve any room If I sit here and quietly think And hope the guard will pass me by I might alight in Somerset Beneath an open-ended sky With 15-hundred roofs […]


Me? Alcoholic? Never

I’ve spent a lot of time wondering whether this is the right thing to write on the internet or not. However, in recent months I’ve had the good fortune to have met and worked with some incredibly inspiring people – people with stories to tell that really help others to come to terms with the difficulties […]


Holly Ho [Roud 1407] – The Story of a Song

Part of the fascination I have for traditional folk songs is the way in which they humble the singer. As a singer/songwriter, I spent years thinking about the ways in which a song represents the self – a snapshot or meditation on the writer in that moment. What grabbed me about traditional song was how much […]


A new EP for summer

In time for my two gigs at Sidmouth Folk Festival this summer, I’m very pleased to announce that I’ll be putting out a digi-EP on July 26th. The Trial of Bill Burn Under Martin’s Act will include four tracks, one of which features the wonderful talents of my good friends Nick Hart (melodeon) and Mikey Kenney (fiddle). Subscribers to my mailing list […]


Review of Jon’s Birmingham gig

On June 9th, I took the Midlife songs back to Brum. Performing at Kitchen Garden Cafe, I was delighted to see folk writer and presenter, Mike Davies, in the audience. He subsequently sent me the following review. Thanks, Mike! ‘Wilks is the sort of performer folk circles mean when they talk of the living tradition’ […]