Never Stop Moving
John Jones kennt man als kraftvollen und charismatischen Sänger der englischen Formation Oysterband, eine der führenden Bands der britischen Folkrock- und Politrock-Szene. Parallel dazu bewegt sich John auf eigenen Pfaden, "Never Stop Moving" ist die zweite CD seiner Solokarriere. Das Album entstand parallel zu den Aufnahmen des Oysterband-Albums "Diamonds On The Water" über drei Jahre und wurde inspiriert von Jones’ Wanderungen kreuz und quer durch dessen Heimat. "Ich hoffe, es spiegelt meine Begeisterung für diese versteckten kleinen Dörfer, für dieses schöne, neugierige und widersprüchliche Land und die eindringlichen Geschichten, die unter der Oberfläche vorhanden sind", so der Sänger. "Irgendwann haben sich die Pracht der Folklore, die Macht des Geschichtenerzählens, Kirchenmusik, Punk und Northern Soul miteinander verflochten und mitgeholfen, meine Musik zu formen. Irgendwie wird meine Stimme in meinem Alter immer stärker und origineller, was ziemlich erfreulich ist."
John Jones is best known as the powerful, charismatic singer with Oysterband, one of the leading folk and roots outfits on the UK music scene, acclaimed by music critics and fans alike; recipients of numerous Music Awards. The group more recently reunited with an early collaborator - the singer June Tabor - and took this second pairing on tour, to the Folk Awards and on 'Later… With Jools' on TV. John also has a parallel solo career and 'Never Stop Moving' is his second and most creative album. The background to the album is interesting in that it came at a time of change for both Oysterband and John Jones. The group had lost another of its long-time members, Ray "Chopper" Cooper, to a solo career and had begun to simplify towards a more spare, trad rootsy sound. Then, out of the blue, John had a brush with a serious illness and, as these things so often do, it focused his songwriting even more clearly. "Never Stop Moving", says John, "is the album I have been making alongside (Oysterband's) Diamonds on the Water over the past three years, inspired in no small part by my walking tours across the length and breadth of the country. Hopefully it reveals my fascination for the hidden villages and voices of this beautiful, curious and contradictory country and the haunting stories that exist beneath the surface. Inevitably my own story, having been diagnosed with colon cancer at the end of last year, became intertwined with it and following a really creative period, what I always thought of as my English folk, country album of big songs from small stories has become an expression of my own revival and celebration of being alive. I wanted there to be a mood of gentle uplift on the album, even in the darker stories and, when the song 'Never Stop Moving' arrived late, it seemed to capture my own feeling of being a survivor and became the title. Along for the musical ride is a host of talented musicians and singers, including Al Scott, Benji Kirkpatrick, Lindsey Oliver, Tim Cotterell, Boff Whalley, Rowan Godel and François Deville, their instrumental and background vocal contributions a perfect fit for John's lead vocals, compositions and musical vision.