English Jones Biog
Midlands based three piece English Jones are singer/songwriter Stewart Jones, Lead guitarist Andy Davis and bass guitar and vocals Muriel Halpin. EJís original blend of acoustic pop and warm vocal harmonies find favour with gig goers and venues alike.
Saw the band play just a handful of gigs due to the global pandemic. The first event saw the English Jones record their separate performances under strict lockdown that were then compiled into a virtual performance for 2020's Lady Bay Festival streamed online from Nottingham. Highlights from 2021 were EJ's first live performance after lockdown, filmed for the Rugeley Fringe Festival at the Rose Theatre in May and performing in June and December at the fabulous Music Cafe in Stratford Upon Avon.
The last few years have seen English Jones playing festivals around the country including Melton Mowbray Folk Festival, The Biggefest in Worcestershire and supporting Inspiral Carpet’s Tom Hingley at the Ladybay Festival in Nottingham. When on tour with The Great British Food Festival the band entertained summer festival goers at some of the grandest venues in the country, including Hardwick Hall, Weston Park and Knebworth House.
In the summer of 2019 the band released their latest CD Home Comforts, featuring 11 new songs including live favourites The One, Hey DJ and Hiding in the Heart. English Jones ended the year performing songs from Home Comforts live on Dean Radio in Gloucestershire.
2017 English Jones hooked up with The Great British Food Festival to perform at Knebworth House and Kelmarsh Hall. The band also played at other great music festivals over the summer including Stratford FAB Fest, Wharton Music Festival and Sutton Coldfields very own Tuns Fest.
On the Radio EJ could be heard performing live at Welcombe Radio in Stratford upon Avon on the Tori Rushton Show one Friday afternoon in March and then in April Birmingham based
The band played at many great midlands venues over the year including the music loving micro brewery The Stratford Ale House, The Old Moseley Arms, The Station Pub Sutton Coldfield and The Old Picture House Stratford.
In September EJ co-headlined The Hexagon Theatre at the Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham. The evening a joint venture with Redditch based duo Imaner, saw the two bands play to a packed house and rapturous applause.
2016 English Jones linked up again with the Foodies Festival in Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham. EJ performed sets on the main stage and became the house band for the weekend in the VIP tent which included a set for Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain. The band released a new EP entitled Who do you think we arein the spring. The summer saw English Jones on the road and playing many great gigs including Bromsgrove Beer Festival, The Buzzstock Festival at Buzzards Valley Vineyard and with regular performances in Stratford upon Avon at the Ale House and the Old Picture House. This has been the bands busiest year to date
The band rounded off the year on the Radio at Glastonbury FM. The band performed live on the Steve Coram Show. Steve, a regular supporter of English Jones over the years, had invited the band in for a chat and to perform tracks from their most recent EP Who do you think we are.
2015 saw EJ on tour with the Foodies Festival playing at Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, Tatton Park in Cheshire and Ripley Castle near Harrogate, wowing crowds with their warm summer sound. The band also played noted gigs at The Guildhall in Lichfield and the Station Pub Sutton Coldfield in March and August for their very popular gig outside in the sun.
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