Feb 01 2012
John Warner is a traditional-style singer and poet/songwriter with a wide-ranging repertoire biased towards chorus songs and songs of history, industry and the environment. John is renowned all over the world for his well-crafted songs – as recent accolades from Gordon Bok and Danny Spooner affirm. Many people have recorded “Anderson’s Coast”; and “Bring out the Banners” is sung by Trade Union choirs all over Australia, and also in the UK and Canada. He is an accomplished musician on the 6 and 12 string guitars and also on bouzouki. John has a strong voice, often sings unaccompanied, and is an inventive and sensitive harmony singer.
Born in England, John came to Australia when he was 10 and grew up in South Gippsland. He began writing songs in his University student days at La Trobe University, taking as his role models a number of poets such as Rudyard Kipling, Banjo Paterson and Judith Wright, and songwriter, Ewan MacColl. John worked in the public library system in Canberra for many years and was involved in the folk scene, a community theatre group, Blue Folk, and medieval groups; and these pursuits were enlivened by John’s songwriting and other creative abilities.
John currently lives at Murrumbateman between the town of Yass and the nation’s capital, Canberra.