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Ashley Hutchings' Rainbow Chasers
Mo Thomas
The Continentals
Steve Daniels
Martyn Jospeh
Aynsley Lister
Derin Naeudorf
Ben Paley
Back Water Roll
Deb Sandland
State Of Undress
Amy Wadge
Julie Felix
Little Johnny England
The Oyster Band
Pete Quinn
Colvin Quarmby
Carla Hendricks Band
Martin Carthy
Father Jack
Aynsley Lister
Ralph McTell
Norma Waterson
Show Of Hands
Colvin Quarmby
Emily Slade
Bill Thomas


Little Johnny England first got together in mid 1999, and soon became one of the most talked about new bands on the folk rock scene, garnering glowing and enthusiastic reports of their live performances from far and wide.

The band members are all highly respected long-time members of the UK folk or rock music scene, and took their name from band member P.J. Wright's composition, "Johnny England".

P.J. ,(guitar/vocals), is a superb rock slide guitarists and the mainstay of the Steve Gibbons Band. He was drawn into playing traditional music as a member of the Dylan Project with Dave Pegg and Simon Nicol of Fairport Convention. Gareth Turner, (melodeon), has played with the Albion Band, and the Phil Beer Band, Matt Davies (5-string bass) and Edd Frost, (drums), are the rhythm section from the much respected folk rock band Clarion, and The Vikki Clayton Band, whilst Guy Fletcher (fiddle), was previously with Dansaul and Tickled Pink.

The band are as varied in their approach as they are to the material they perform, combining subtlety with musical pyrotechnics, all of which is performed with a smile on its face. Despite playing predominantly English music based on a rock foundation, LJE draws on genres from around the world incorporating Cajun, Celtic and Eastern European influences into their songs and instrumentals, this coupled with the unusual blend of slide guitar, fiddle and melodeon makes for the exciting and individual sound that is LJE.

The release of their self titled first studio album in 2000 caused various roots music critics to comment on the fact that the genre known as folk rock was indeed alive and well in its newest incarnation, which was reinforced with the release last year.of their second album 'Mercs and Cherokees'. They have also released a live album on their own label.

Reviewing the first album, "Dirty Linen" opined 'Little Johnny England should be a contender for folk-rock album of the year." Later, the April 2002 editon of "Q" magazine gave 'Mercs and Cherokees' a four star review, stating 'If 70's folk-rock still counts, it's because of Little Johnny England' whilst the May 2002 editon of fRoots raved "Uncommonly essential, they have made one of the 'must own' folk rock albums of the year. No doubt!'

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