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John Reed
United Kingdom
Influences: West European , North American , East European
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March 2022 #38 - Top 40 for West European Influence Wharram Live by Nightsong (video)
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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.
Please come and join me via the following link more
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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December Live Performance "Live" Whatever happened to true 'live'?

We all know it will be back one day and we can get out to the pubs and clubs, cafes and bars to see musicians at their work. For the moment we are all having to hold up our profiles virtually, and either live stream performances or uploaded recorded live shows. The interesting thing here is that 'Live Online' will continue when the pandemic finally leaves us. It has provided another string to every musician's bow.

Having experimented with live streaming and being disappointed with its quality, my choice has been to play occasional live online shows, but always to record them first and upload them to a channel that I know will present them with good quality audio. The next one of these will be on Wednesday 9th December at 6pm GMT (Greenwich Mean Time), and will comprise an even mix of old and new songs.

So why don't you set a reminder and join me for an hour? The YouTube link will follow at a later date so keep looking out for that.

Pease and take care

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Supporting Mental Health Charities From 7pm on 5th November, I will be hunkering down to watch Open Mike, hosted by RT Projects, Durham, who will be hosting on the night the ‘world video premiere’ of "A Sobering Dose of Realism". more
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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 and radio show host now living in North East England. 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.

His 2019 "Inheritance" album took a different direction than previous works. "Inheritance" is about ancestry, family and love and covers environmental and protest themes dating back to 1807. John is recording a new album "Elevation" for 2023.

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

John hosts The Progressive & Acoustic Compendium show on every Wednesday evening at 8pm UK time / 3pm EST, and on at both 3pm UK time / 10am EST and 1am UK time Thursday / 8pm EST Wednesday.

Music alone is not enough. John's campaigning spirit carries into his work because he believes music must have a wider purpose.