“Jon is a very talented musician who stepped in for us at the very last minute, learning 2 x 45 minute sets of new material in a very short time. He nailed it and some. He’s a true gent with great stage presence and an ultimate professional. I highly recommend him and look forward to sharing a stage with him again in the future”
Gary Edward Jones, Singer/Songwriter
Jon Fellowes is a Northwest-based Performer, Session Musician, Songwriter, Article Contributor and Educator. He is also a freelance consultant for Music Development and Production companies around the UK.
Growing up just outside of Wolverhampton (In the heart of the black country), Jon first picked up the Guitar aged 14 at school, where he was soon to discover the groove and soul of rhythm and blues music. He has since studied music throughout his educational life, culminating in a 2:1 Bachelor of the Arts degree in Popular Music Performance from the University of Chester, UK in 2014. Though this education has taught him the principles of many styles of music, blues has always remained a strong influence.
Jon has thrived off live performance since the very beginning – a passion that has lead to him playing at festivals, celebrity weddings, live TV sessions and touring overseas, as well as internationally recognised music industry conferences, and some of the UK’s largest corporate events.
Jon has played with a huge variety of acts, and has played in bands filling support slots for the likes of Paul Carrack (Mike & The Mechanics), Iziz Abrahim (The Stone Roses/ Ian Brown Band) and Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam 6. He has also had the honour of sharing festival bills with acts such as Peter Hook and The Light (Joy Division), The Kooks and Albert Hammond Junior (The Strokes). In November 2013 he completed a tour of Brazil, which involved both performing and educating in British popular music and was featured on state television in the process (a state roughly the size of France). At home, Jon has performed in such illustrious venues as The Hippodrome Casino, in Leicester Square, London (A stage graced by Prince just two weeks prior), The Floral Pavilion Theatre, Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall, The Cavern Club Liverpool, the BBC building in Media City Salford, Manchester United’s Old Trafford Stadium, Cardiff Millennium Stadium, The Welsh College of Music & Drama and the highly regarded Sound City Conference.
As well as playing live, Jon has an extensive portfolio of studio work, including both live and pre – recorded radio sessions, and composition for TV. His session career began by contributing bass guitar to Dominic Dunn’s first single ‘Keep Them Tight’ (since played on Sky Sports TV and featured by Radio 6 Music) and has expanded into sessions at award winning studios all around the country and internationally, working with numerous artists and in genres like Folk, Pop, Country, and Hard Rock. He has recorded numerous times at Liverpool’s famous Parr Street Studios (a studio that has played host to acts such as Coldplay, The Coral and Rhianna), as well as Western Recording Company, Orchard Studios, The Motor Museum, Pluto Studios (Owned by Keith Hopwood of Herman’s Hermits) and many others. He recently returned to Parr street to contribute both acoustic and electric guitar to universal music award winning Canadian singer/songwriter Ashley Fayth’s new album “Take Back the Fire” which received airplay around the world, and travelled to the south of France to record with american artist Bill Magill, working alongside the famously talented Pete Thomas, drummer for Elvis Costello, Bonnie Rait and Sherl Crow.
Away from his instrument, Jon has filled many roles in the music industry while at and since leaving university. These have included assisting with the live sound at events for artists notable as Figment of Funk ft. Ian Mathews (drummer of Kasabian), Conservatoire Folk Ensemble (a 43 – piece band) and shows as part of The Urban Folk Quartet’s tour of the UK. He has also worked in stage management, promotions, and contributed to the music section of an online culture magazine. In 2015, Jon spent several months as a resident Tutor at MusicLand Music School in Shropshire before spending time consulting as Assistant Director/Client Liaison at Cheshire based music development company Stage:Life LTD.
In 2016, Jon began contributing articles and online content for Last Minute Musicians, an entertainment directory service with over 3100 members and a Facebook audience of over 70,000.
Recently, Jon has appeared in the live bands of Ashley Fayth, Gary Edward Jones and Jon Coley for various shows around the UK. He also made a trip home to Wolverhampton to headline the Slade Rooms with Heavy Metal act The Devil in Faust and performed at Liverpool’s world famous Cavern Club with American artist Shirr. While performing at an Artist Manager’s birthday party at a venue in central London, Jon played as part of a band accompanying the Songwriter Peter “Wolfman” Wolfe for a rendition of his #7 charting hit “For Lovers” (the song originally featured Peter Doherty as vocalist, and was nominated for an Ivor Novello Award for songwriting). He continues to write music for several upcoming releases as part of different projects (TBA) as well collaborating with other musicians and producers on a regular basis.
For availability, questions or comments, please contact JonFellowesMusic@gmail.com
Jon is a Musicians Union (MU) member.