Jon Wilks

Traditional folk singer

‘The sort of performer folk circles mean when they talk of the living tradition” – (Mike Davies,, 2019). 

Jon’s background as a journalist (a former editor of Time Out magazine and contributor to Dazed & Confused, The Guardian and other publications) means that he has a great eye/ear for a story, and this shows in his live shows – an amusing mix of folk song performance and conversation. He throws in weird and wonderful tidbits about the original singers and collectors that he has unearthed during his substantial writing and podcasting research on traditional folk music in the UK, and his performance has been described as half concert, half standup routine. 

To date, Jon has recorded two full-length folk albums and one EP. He has also released three albums and one EP with his duo, The Grizzly Folk, and an album and EP with Japan-based indie band, Cut Flowers (in a former life).

As well as gigging whenever he can, Jon co-runs Whitchurch Folk Club in Hampshire, and writes and podcasts about folk music.

Jon’s album, Midlife, was chosen as the Best Folk Album of 2019 by Readifolk Radio, and several of the songs made it onto various ‘Best of 2019’ playlists and podcasts. 

Recent reviews

‘Jon Wilks is a fine guitar player, a great singer and has amassed a considerable and unique collection of hitherto unknown material from around his hometown of Birmingham. I’m looking forward to sharing the stage with him immensely!’ – Martin Simpson

‘One of the best of the New Wave of Folk Blokes. As a guitar player and arranger of traditional songs, Jon Wilks already deserves speaking of in the same breath as your Simpsons and your Morays’ – fRoots

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