John has performed live many many times in the Isle of Man, where he lives, as well as a small number of times in England.
Below is a list of venues in the Isle of Man where John has appeared. For the majority of these shows John has performed as part of the blues duo Blue John and Papa Cass while some of the appearances have been rare solo gigs or with an extended line up of the blues duo.
For most of the appearances John has played an acoustic guitar but for a handful he has performed on an electric.
The performances at these venues range from brief open mic appearances to Isle of Man Blues Club events, charity events, support slots for visiting artists, festival events and headline slots.
There are other venues in the Island (not listed) where John has taken part in more informal performances or jam sessions.
He has literally played for two men and a dog in a field in Castletown to an audience of several hundred at the Isle of Man’s biggest indoor venue, the Villa Marina in Douglas.
John has performed at the following Isle of Man venues:
Basement Bar, Douglas
The Bay, Port Erin
The Bridge Inn, Laxey
The British, Douglas
Bushy’s Tent, Douglas
Carnival Live Lounge, Douglas
Castletown FC (outdoors)
The Cat With No Tail, Douglas
The Clarendon, Douglas
Centenary Centre, Peel
The Cornerhouse, Douglas
The Creek Inn, Peel
The George Hotel, Castletown
Guys and Dolls, Douglas
The Highwayman, Peel
The HQ Bar, Douglas
The Institute, Laxey
Laxey Football Club, Laxey
Laxey School, Laxey
The Manor, Willaston
Manx Arms, Onchan
Manx Blind Welfare HQ, Onchan
Mines Tavern, Laxey
The Mitre, Ramsey
Northern Lights Community Centre, Ramsey
The Outback, Douglas
Paramount City (now The Crescent), Douglas
Patchwork Cafe, Port St Mary
Pavillion, Laxey (inside and outside)
Peter Norris Music, Douglas (at its former shop in Finch Road)
The Queen’s Hotel, Douglas
The Queen’s Hotel, Laxey (both inside and in a marquee)
Queenie Festival, Port St Mary
The Railway, Douglas
The Railway, Union Mills
The Royal Hotel, Peel
The Shore Hotel, Laxey (marquee)
The Tynwald Inn, St John’s
The Villa Marina Colonnade, Douglas
Villa Marina Gardens, Douglas
Villa Marina Promenade Suite, Douglas
Villa Marina Royal Hall, Douglas
The Woodbourne Hotel, Douglas
Performances in England
The Gatehouse, Tyldesley, Greater Manchester, England (late 90s)
The Manchester Road Inn, Astley, Greater Manchester, England (late 90s)
The University of Northampton, England (Blue John and Papa Cass as attendees of the residential music tuition event Blues Week in 2009 and 2010)
Edward’s, Hammersmith, London, England (Blue John and Papa Cass as part of the EileenStock charity event)
*In terms of the gigs in Greater Manchester John performed as part of the short-lived Malakite Brothers instrumental guitar duo which consisted of himself and his guitar tutor in the late 1990s.
Check John’s gigs page for his forthcoming performances