"Simply for the love of music"

* * * Feature Set Saturday Jan. 18:   John Wilson * * *

John Wilson is a local musician-singer/songwriter who has been playing in the Niagara area for over forty years.  He is an acoustic guitarist and vocalist who began playing in his mid-teens after being inspired by the music of artists like James Taylor, Neil Young, John Prine, Steve Goodman and Lyle Lovett as well as bands like The Beatles and The Kinks.  He is an accomplished fingerstyle player who combines rhythm and melody into a fluid Travis picking style.  He is a frequent contributor at local Coffee Houses and open mics and has been actively involved in presenting Acoustic Concerts in a variety of venues throughout Niagara.  During his performances he enjoys sharing stories about the songs that he plays and tries to offer a variety of styles ranging from folk, blues to light rock and instrumentals.  Humor is always an important part of Johnís shows, and he usually tries to deliver a few songs with his tongue planted firmly in his cheek.  John has always enjoyed working with other players, and he will be joined by several friends for his performance, including Wally Tomczuk on bass, Mike Carrigan on vocals, John Mclaughlin on guitar and Mike Smrek on harmonica.

He keeps busy teaching Acoustic Guitar at The Quarter Note School of Music out of Thorold Music in St. Catharines and helping singer/songwriters with recording in his own studio- Whine Seller Studios.

All audio equipment and live sound mixing provided by Rob Sheele of Red Sonic Studios in Port Colborne.

(The coffeehouse is non-profit, simply for the love of music.  All proceeds donated to charity.)