A blend of elegant, rhythmic and virtuoso playing and easygoing folk club banter. A quiet triumph”

— The Guardian

John Spiers, better known in folk circles as Squeezy, is one of the leading melodeon players of his generation.  Well known for his partnership with Jon Boden as well as being a member of Bellowhead, the most successful folk band in recent history.  John was also a member of Eliza Carthy’s band, featuring on her 2002 Mercury nominated album, Anglicana.

Mixing infectious dance tunes with incredibly sensitive and moving slow airs on a mind-boggling range of different squeezeboxes, John’s solo shows are a mixture of traditional material and his own more intricate compositions.

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NEW TUNE BOOK PUBLISHED 

It's been a very long time since my last tune book was available, but now the updated version, published by Boars Hill Music, is brimming with new tunes to play is finished and hard copies will be with me this week if everything goes to plan.  The book contains 59 of my original folk tunes plus transposed versions of tunes which were not in one of the "folk-friendly" keys and it also has descriptions of the tunes and their inspiration.  Every tune has my suggested chords to accompany it (as alway these are a guideline rather than an instruction), there's a full page introduction and unlike the old tunebook this one is professionally printed on high quality paper.

As soon as the hard copies are available I will have them on sale at gigs and on the new shop page of this website.  Although not quite as nice as the physical book, some of you may find it more convenient to buy the Digital Edition which is a 50 page full resolution PDF and features full bookmarking and indexing of all the tunes as well as hyperlinks to videos of the tunes where they are available.  This is already available if you cannot wait for the full version.



 

 

10th FEBRUARY - A NEW WEBSITE 

It's a new year, so it seems only fitting that I have a new website to go along with it.  Have a look around, there's a lot of new stuff here in preparations for the year's music.  I have already been busy and have finished writing my new tune book featuring 60 original tunes (plus transposed versions in to session-friendly keys) and I'm also working on a companion book of traditional tunes including many I have recorded in various guises plus other favourites.  The long-awaited solo album is in the pipeline and I have a run of gigs coming up in the next couple of months which you can check out here on the new gigs page kicking off with a show at Barnsley Civic on the 24th Feb.