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John Reed
United Kingdom
Influences: West European , North American , North African
Genres: progressive folk, folk, folk-rock, #progressivefolkmusic, folkrock, folk rock, progressive rock, progressivefolk, protest songs, #progressivefolkmusic #folkrock #progressiverock
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December 2022 #24 - Top 40 for West European Influence Wharram Live by Nightsong (video)
December 2022 #6 - Top 40 for West European Influence Our Time (track)
November 2022 #17 - Top 40 for West European Influence Wharram Live by Nightsong (video)
The Compendium The Compendium hour of music airs on both TD1 Radio, Galashiels in the wonderful Scottish Borders and twice on Blues and Roots Radio, based out of Toronto.

Here's the latest upload on my Mixcloud:

Please follow the show there. No song is ever repeated.


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An Evening with John Reed & Matt Steady WHEN: from 7pm SUNDAY 4th DECEMBER 2022
WHERE: - 'Listen Live' link in top menu bar

West Norfolk Radio host weekly live Sunday evening radio sessions at Narborough Social Club, Norfolk, UK. What makes these special is that artists also play live to an audience in the room.

There will be three sets:

30 minutes from me
30 minutes from Matt
60 minutes from the two of us together

Wherever you are in the world, please tune in and enjoy.


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Winter Turns to Spring This is to wish everyone a happy festive season, wherever you are, whatever you are doing, and in spite of the coronavirus. The Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere is behind us and we can look forward to the Spring. Meanwhile, enjoy precious time with your loved ones, stay well, and smile...most of all, smile.


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Live Performance Link 9th December - 6pm GMT/UTC
I am performing an hour long live set comprising old and new songs, quiet and raucous, thoughtful and occasionally Bolshie.
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Live Performance 9th December It's frustrating for us all not to be able to get out there and play live in front of an audience, but 'Online Live' has made musicians realise they can reach a wider audience when true live finally returns. I have struggled to enjoy many of the live streams because the audio quality has been so poor, so my choice is to play live, record the performance, and upload it as a YouTube Premiere.

So I will perform a 60 minute gig from 6pm GMT/UTC on Wednesday 9th December from my attic studio. Look out for the premiere at and set a reminder if you are able to join me.

Take care everyone and keep creating. We will see better times!


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Photo by: John Reed
About: John Reed & The Folded Arms - The Fuse, May 2017
Photo by: John Reed
About: John Reed & The Folded Arms - The Trades Club, October 2017
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About: Thoughts On "Inheritance"
John is a singer-songwriter, cittern and guitar player, radio show host and music reviewer, now living in #Northumberland. His songs are environmentally and politically charged, personal and compelling. In these austere times, all his solo music is available on Bandcamp on a PWYCA (Pay What You Can Afford) basis. Sign up to his website to receive quarterly newsletters for the latest live performances, stories, and music releases.

John's powerfully delivered 2019 album "Inheritance" covers themes of ancestry, family and love. He is recording a new album "Elevation" for release in October 2023.

John released "Breathe" with producer Ali Karim in October 2021, and the two, together in collaboration with Jo Beth Young as NIGHTSONG, released "The Peasants' Revolt" in December 2020.

John hosts The Compendium show on at both 3pm UK time / 10am EST and 1am UK time Thursday / 8pm EST Wednesday. The show is also uploaded every Wednesday at 8pm UK time / 3pm EST to

Music alone is not enough. John's campaigning spirit carries into his work because he believes music must have a wider purpose, and that musicians have a right to earn.