John Jones was born in Aberystwyth, Wales, and brought up in Yorkshire. He was and continues to be one of the original driving forces behind Oysterband, a leading voice in the politically-fuelled folk rock movement which took off in the 1980s. In recent years, collaborative tours with rising young stars under the banner of The Big Session, a Big Session "live" album with artists including June Tabor, Eliza Carthy, The Handsome Family and Show Of Hands, and finally the Big Session festival, now in its fourth year, have all helped to cement their reputation as musical custodians and godfathers of folk. Oysterband have recently celebrated their 30th anniversary. Their performances and CDs attract legions of loyal fans around the world, with John Jones as the band's charismatic leading voice.
John lives in the Welsh Borders, and loves exploring the local countryside with his two lurchers (who feature on the cover of Rising Road). John is a committed, hardcore long-distance walker. One of his first serious walks was the annual Radnor Ramble, which takes in 25 miles in a single day, and on three separate occasions, he has walked across Wales in two days. His passion for walking was one of the key inspirations behind Rising Road.