The BBC have announced that John will receive the Radio 2 Lifetime Achievement Award. This will happen during the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2008 Show, on Monday 4 February 2008. John is expected to perform on the occasion. Martin Simpson will also be present as he is nominated in five categories.
Melody, harmony, and rhythm; music is a deeply mysterious phenomena. Something to cherish, to be enjoyed from the inside out, to be looked after, absorbed and listened to over and over again. It makes us who we are. Music is part of our heritage like literature, art, architecture and our environment; it moulds us and forms us as human beings; our spirit and our soul. Or is it? At the risk of appearing far older than my 41 years young, modern trends in computer generated music make it a throw away item - a disposable commodity staggeringly inferior to traditionally crafted offerings.