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John is a musician from Manchester the north of England.

The journey in music really blossomed in the music education system within Manchester, U.K. in the 1980s.

In the early 1990's there were hundreds of various gigs around Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and the whole of the north. A regular touring band was the Snake Davis Band playing hammond organ and singing.

In 1994, he toured extensively in Europe playing Frank Zappa music with Zappa protoge Ike Willis and Liverpool legends The Muffin Men

 

12-piece band "The John Ellis Big Bang" toured England between 1995 - 2001.

Between 2001-2005 John worked with The Cinematic Orchestra and John Squire

In 2005-2008 Little Green formed with vocalist/writer Judy Green. A distinctive band with roots in classic soul, hip-hop collaborations with DJ Vadim and acoustic based folk music from around the world.

In 2009 John was Assistant Producer on the Kirsty Almeida album "Pure Blue Green/Deja Voodu" beginning a 5 year musical collaboration as  musician and co-writer/arranger.

 

John has played and recorded with quite a few well known artists such as Corinne Bailey Rae, Tom Jones, Lily Allen, James Yorkston, John Squire (Stone Roses) and The Cinematic Orchestra 2001-2005.

 

There have been scores for various theatre productions (not scores, just a few) including a National Theatre affiliated production based on the novel "A Clockwork Orange" for Benji Reid's Breaking Cycles theatre company.

 

In 2015 John collaborated with visual artist Antony Barkworth Knight for the Irwin Mitchell commission at the Manchester Jazz Festival.

The piece featured live visual projection and 9 musicians, the performance of "Evolution: Seeds & Streams taking place at Manchester Town Hall. The soundtrack was released in September 2016 on the Gondwana label.

 

He manages a recording and production studio in Manchester called Limefield which continues to produce albums of music with a wide range of artists and musicians. Regular live performances playing and singing around the northwest of England then sometimes around the world with regular collaborators Honeyfeet, The Breath, Kirk McElhinney and Baked ALaSka.