John Storey is an acoustic folk singer songwriter from Harrogate, North Yorkshire. He has been writing songs and performing his own compositions since 2004.
Several of John’s studio recordings can be heard on the Songs page of this site
John’s songwriting journey started in 2003 following a week long workshop with the acclaimed songwriter, Harvey Andrews. Since that time he has written many fine songs, sometimes serious, sometimes humorous, they usually reflect his observations around the Yorkshire area, together with songs of a biographical nature. John provides melodic guitar accompaniment to his songs often with easily learned choruses aimed at audience participation.
John’s first CD: Love, Lives and Landscape was launched in 2008 which was followed in 2010 by a second: Storey Lines. Each song is carefully crafted with intelligent lyrics, tells a story and has an easy going catchy melody. Tracks from John’s 3rd CD, “More Storey Lines” released in 2013 are available as a download from Amazon, iTunes and CD Baby and his 2015 album “Storey’s in Song” can be obtained from John via this website contact page. “Follow Me” is his 5th album with delicious harmonies from Caroline Carfrae, and a 6th album is now available.
“Landscapes” has 12 songs, mostly inspired by our lovely British countryside. The album has been arranged and produced with the help of the talented Sarah Dean. The backing is provided by some of the best musical talent to be found anywhere. All proceeds from sales will be donated to a local charity.
“For the Children” is a song I wrote as a tribute to Sir Nicholas Winton who organised the evacuation of almost 800 Jewish children from Prague to the UK by train in 1938. When I sang it at the Black Swan Folk Club recently it was well received. Several audience members asked if it was on CD, which it now is, featuring on John’s latest CD “Landscapes”. Here is a link to a live recording of the same song
Now available on Bandcamp, www.johnstorey.bandcamp.com
My good friend Sarah Dean has helped me with arranging and producing this my 6th studio album. The 12 tracks are mainly inspired by our lovely British countryside and for backing, has some of the finest musicians to be found anywhere. Three songs even have the lovely sound of a brass band. Songs featured include the ever popular “Ewan MacColl and Me” and a tribute to Alfred Wainwright, co written with Sarah Dean who also provides beautiful harmonies and harp playing throughout the album.
Follow Me (2018)
Great News, this CD is now on iTunes, and can also be heard on all major streaming music channels like Spotify, Apple music and Deezer! Ten more original compositions with several featuring excellent vocal harmonies from Caroline Carfrae. Other outstanding musicians featured on the CD are: Iain Glover (mandolin), Angie Gordon (Flute), David Swann (vocals), Rachel Wilson (violin), and Graeme Urwin (keyboard)
Featuring the talented accompaniment of musicians: Sarah Dean (harp and vocals), Angie Gordon (flute), Graeme Urwin (keyboard) and Elaine Wallace (fiddle and vocals). Songs include the ever popular: “If you’d been at Woodstock” and “Middle aged men in Lycra”. Two of the songs are co-written with the outstanding singer songwriter Stan Graham, the rest are all written by John.
14 tracks means something for everyone on this excellent and varied recording There is even a song with a strong jazz feel with excellent backing from Richard Searle (guitar) and Graeme Urwin (keyboard). Stand-out tracks include: “Free and easy days”, “Dear Molly” and “I don’t do any Radiohead”. With a wide range of supporting musicians this CD makes a very fine timeless collection of John’s own compositions.
The much requested “Ewan MacColl and Me” is the feature track of this CD, along with “Farewell Fish and Chips”. “Was it meant to be this way?” is a fine bluegrass original with excellent Dobro playing from Graham Metcalf.
John’s first album of his own compositions, this CD lays down the foundations for later recording showing the versatility of John’s song-writing and his feel for a good melody.