"One of the finest singer/songwriters to emerge in recent years" -
Jim Gellatly, John Peel Award Winner
Scottish singer/songwriter Jono started recording his songs aged 13 when his
dad got him a 4-track cassette recorder. His father had been in rock-n-roll
bands and mother in musical theatre. Fast forward to his 20’s and Jono
has recorded his early material, gigged in countless bands, produced for local,
signed and charting artists.
"Hauntingly beautiful acoustic sounds; the prodigious talent
of singer/songwriter Jono" - Russell Kane, Q Radio
Due to inherit the family business; a manufacturing company where he worked
as a graphic designer, Jono walked away from this secure future to produce his
debut solo album. Rounded yet rugged, refined yet raw, he launched the album
“Sentimental Anarchist” to critical acclaim, built around his infectious
voice, melodies and unique guitar style. The debut album was single handedly
written and recorded in his Glasgow flat.
"The album was blinding; one of the best I have heard in ages"
- Carol Cunningham, Music News Scotland
Feathers in Jono’s cap include XFM Artist of the Week, XFM Album of the
Week, XFM Single of the Week, no.83 most watched UK Music Video on YouTube for
“Stuck in the City”, Winner of UK Undiscovered 2010, highlight of
the KKL Plaza stage at the Blue Balls Festival Switzerland, and the Main Acoustic
Stage at Wickerman Festival.
"I like Jono's song Stuck In The City a lot! It's REALLY catchy!"
- Alex Zane, TV and Radio Presenter
With a full band behind him for the album launch, Jono packed out the 450 capacity
Classic Grand, then embarked on his first UK tour. Each day, BBC and local radio
stations got him on the air for interviews prior to the evening gigs. He has
since toured the UK and mainland Europe relentlessly, performing on the bill
with artists such as Newton Faulkner, Ben Harper, KT Tunstall, Beth Ditto (The
Gossip), Cast, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Macy Gray, Erykah Badu, Jamie Lidell...
"Jono holds his own in the company of Jack Johnson and Newton
Faulkner" - David Esson, Sunday Express
Features in the press include The Sun, Daily Record, Evening Times, Metro, and
radio stations such as Q Radio (Russell Kane), BBC6 Music (Tom Robinson), BBC
Scotland (Jim Gellatly), BBC Wales (Alan Thompson), Myspace Radio (Alex Zane),
Kerrang! (Alex Baker)... while his live shows have seen him travel all over
Scotland, England, Wales, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Malta,
and the USA.
"Jono's voice has this texture to it that makes everything
seem alright" - Alex Baker, Kerrang! Radio
Jono has been compared to singer/songwriters like John Mayer, Kelly Jones, Jeff
Buckley, Jason Mraz and James Morrison. However, he maintains an extraordinarily
distinctive style, shaped in part by eclectic influences such as Bob Marley,
The Police, Guns n Roses, Rage Against the Machine, Underworld, Daft Punk and
"The rasp in Jono's voice gives Paolo Nutini a run for his
money" - Alan Morrison, Sunday Herald
On a skiing break at the beginning of 2009 Jono suffered a violent fall, coming
inches from death and shattering his left shoulder. He flew home for an operation
with no guarantee of ever being able to play guitar again. He had been nominated
for the Red Stripe Awards, so he sang in a sling, using a laptop with the guitar
parts on it.
"With one of his wings seriously clipped Jono managed to pull
off a mesmerizing set" - Clare Dixon, Red Stripe
Following intensive physiotherapy Jono is making music again, with vigour like
he has never known, happy that he is still alive and able to play the guitar.
With a massive and explosive energy that you would normally only expect to feel
from a full band, Jono’s solo performances have become a sight and sound
to behold, leaving new audiences stunned, while familiar crowds scream out the
lyrics. He is currently writing and recording his second solo album, often discovering
new lyrics and melodies in his dreams.
"Jono's live performance smacked me right between the eyes
and ears!" - Jim Symon, Radio Clyde2
PRESS AND POSTER PACK
The album sounds amazing! Sentimental Anarchist is just packed full of brilliant
little pop songs. Stuck in the City is a cracker! Acoustic music never really
sounded as good as this. One of the finest singer songwriters to emerge in recent
- Jim Gellatly, John Peel Award Winning DJ
If the reputation of the British singer-songwriter has been rendered bland by
the likes of James Blunt, Scotland's Jono brings some of the street cred of
a soul-soaked busker to his craft. His self-funded debut solo album begins on
a positive note, with Stuck In The City's acoustic guitar providing a pavement
platform for his songwriting skills, before the fuller funkier band sound of
Silver Nails harks back to the British blues-rock singer style of the 1960s.
The rasp in Jono's voice gives Paolo Nutini a run for his money.
- Alan Morrsion, The Sunday Herald
Self-recorded, self-played and self-released, Jono’s album exudes a brash
confidence from start to finish. Subtle it ain’t, but Sentimental Anarchist
pushes his songs right into your face and keeps them there. He has both the
ability and the hooks to sustain such a frontal assault.
- Sam Inglis, Sound on Sound
We have chosen Sentimental Anarchist as one of our top four. The album was blinding.
One of the best albums I have heard in ages. Thanks to Jono for making it a
pleasure doing the top four!
- Carol Cunningham, Music News Scotland
Short in stature but tall in self-belief, Scottish singer-songwriter Jono treads
the path well worn by such as Paolo Nutini, Jack Johnson and Newton Faulkner,
and can hold his own in that company. It is impressive to note that everything
was recorded and produced by Jono in one room of a Glasgow flat.
- David Esson, The Sunday Express
Stuck In The City is brilliant. A real summer time song. I was humming it on
the way to work today. A Day Ago is one of my favourites. An incredible song
with hints of Prince and U2. Superb. A real stand out. Not Love blew me away.
What a track. I was dying to hear Jono have a go at a real love song and this
is it. Wow! Everything else I also love! It's a belter of an album!
- Matt Bendoris, The Scottish Sun