John was raised in the Everton area of Liverpool and the age of 22 he began to play music full time and was one half of the duo Groundpig. John’s musical influences are routed in acoustic, folk and classical guitar. His major influences are Stefan Grossman (ragtime guitar), Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Martin Carthy and anything that presents itself in acoustic fingerstyle guitar. However in order for John to continue making a living he had to stray from this path and play what would be considered a more popular style of acoustic music, i.e. Paul Simon, Lindisfarne, James Taylor, Neil Young and Bob Dylan.