John Keyboards


John, also known as JB (sock it to 'em, JB!), is Hope and Glory's latest recruit. He was weaned onto ska at an early age by his older sister, who was a big fan of Madness, the Specials, etc. However, he was inspired to teach himself keyboards after hearing 'Da Da Da' by Trio, and then spent many years in such dubiously-named oufits as 'The Grizzly Brothers', 'Dr Devidence', 'Bogus Flow', 'North Sea Hijack' and 'Sir Lawrence Invisible' (the legendary invisible man from High Wycombe!) until that particular act died horrifically on stage! But he did at least get to try on Frank Sidebottom's papier mache head. This led to a spell of promoting/booking/sound engineering at the White Horse, a pub/strip club in High Wycombe that infamously appeared on a Sky TV programme called 'Britain's Roughest Pubs'. Nowadays, John has a proper job as an accountant and, once a month, indulges in his twin passions of 60s guitar instrumentals and dressing up as a bishop, in a band called the 'Vicars Of Twiddly', where he met some of the other Hope and Glory boys. He can also sometimes be found behind the wheels of steel wearing a tie, spinning some mean 80s synth pop!