John has been surrounded by music all his life and, as a natural show-off, it was perhaps inevitable that he would end up as a vocalist in a band. From an early age he was immersed in the timeless country and western standards of Jim Reeves, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers courtesy of his mother, with his father providing the rock and roll influences of the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, the Who and Elvis; a stage debut as Saint Joseph at the tender age of five in his primary school’s nativity play gave him a taste for the limelight, and this was followed a few years later in the lead role of the school’s production of ‘Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’. As puberty and hormones took their toll on his vocal cords, he dabbled variously with the recorder (don’t we all!), acoustic guitar, piano, cornet and drums, before finding his voice again in his late teens and embarking on a series of abysmal student bands. There was also a brief appearance on Central Television’s ‘Blockbusters’ quiz show in 1984, but the call from Hollywood never materialised. Career and family soon took centre stage until his early 40s, when he was seized by a mid-life crisis. Too cheap to buy a sports car and too bald to grow a pony-tail, he auditioned for several bands and was lucky enough to land a spot with Hope and Glory. When he is not jumping around in front of similar nostalgia addicts making a fool of himself, he holds down a perfectly normal and respectable office job and, in his spare time, he makes slow and painful progress on renovating his home.