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Jon Wilks is a journalist, previously the editor of Time Out Abu Dhabi and Time Out Tokyo, as well as an occasional contributor to The Guardian, Dazed & Confused, The Japan Times and several other publications. He writes and edits, a website about folk music and traditions, and performs traditional folk music concerts when people let him. He also presents The Old Songs Podcast.

His live shows are an amusing mix of folk song performance and conversation, throwing in tidbits of weird and wonderful information about the original singers and collectors that he has come across during his writing research.

To date, Jon has released three solo albums, as well as three albums and two EPs with The Grizzly Folk, and an album and EP with Japan-based indie band, Cut Flowers (in a former life). You can hear all of them on the music page of this website, or by clicking these links: Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, Google Play. You can buy everything for download from Bandcamp, too.


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