John Harper has been singing and playing guitar in folk clubs, theatres, bars, at festivals and just about anywhere else for over forty years. His early influences like Tom Paxton, Ralph McTell, Gordon Lightfoot and, of course, Bob Dylan have continued to inform his performances. Over the years though his own songs have become a significant part of his sets.  These days, depending on the venue and audience, you’re still likely to hear some of the old songs, but you’ll definitely hear some of the new ones. Based mainly in the South Lakes and North Lancashire, he plays regularly in many of the music venues in the area.

Whats next?

Both of the following two performances are part of the Ambleside Charity Folk Festival running from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th February. All proceeds from the festival go to Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs.

Friday 8th February – 5.00 pm – Bar Es, Ambleside

Friday 8th February – 9.00 pm – The Unicorn Inn, Ambleside

See the gigs page for details of more performances.


Anthony Toner is a singer songwriter based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He was once memorably described as ‘James Taylor meets John Prine in a second hand book shop’, and was the special guest of Barbara Dickson in her two previous concerts at The Platform in Morecambe. He is touring extensively in early 2019 to celebrate the release of his ninth album, Our Lady of the Wind and Rain.
I’m delighted to announce that Anthony will be appearing in Lancaster on Wednesday 10th April 2019 at the Gregson Arts & Community Centre, Moor Lane, Lancaster LA1 3PY.
For full details of the concert, and ticket information, please visit the Anthony Toner Concert page on this website.

Christmas can be such a strange time for those who are in circumstances so different, and much more difficult than our own. This song appeared today and is dedicated to those who volunteer and work tirelessly to ease the burden of the homeless, and of course for those they help. The recording is a ‘one-take rough cut’ and I will try to record a more polished version in the new year, probably without the ‘bit at the end’.

Merry Christmas.

J. H.

11th December 2018

Freedom For To Choose/In The Bleak Mid-Winter

My latest CD Hold On To Your Heart is available at all my gigs. You can also buy it from this website, just go to the Store page. I’m pleased with the look and sound of it and I look forward to sharing it with you.

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Thanks to Barrie Marshall and Rosi Chester for the use of their photographs.