Clouds, Badgers, Kings and Shakes

Heya folks!

Got 2 ace gigs coming up in London this Saturday (15th) that you should definitely come and shake your bits to!

WORMFOOD’s 4th Birthday @ Passing Clouds, Dalston, London (Solo show)
£5 before 9pm and £7 before 10pm
Facebook event
Venue Website

First up, I’ll be playing a solo show at 10pm for Wormfood‘s 4th birthday at Passing Clouds, one of London’s most diverse and welcoming venues. Expect everything from live African dance music to folk.

Artful Badger presents Carnival of the Animals @ Metalworks, Angel, London (Band show)
£7 before 10pm, £10 after
Advance tickets –
Facebook event

Then I’ll be shooting off to Angel for Artful Badgers’ Carnival of Animals, headlining with the band. If you’ve been to Secret Garden Party then you’ll know that these guys throw the wildest nights on the circuit. They promise to bring their feral festival atmosphere to London in what is sure to be a night of epic proportions. We headlined their stage at Secret Garden this year and it went off! This is not a show you want to miss. More details at the Facebook event.

King Arthur show cancelled
Unfortunately we have had to cancel our gig at King Arthur’s pub in Glastonbury. Apologies if you were coming to that but I’ll be back around soon. Check the Tour page for upcoming dates in Bristol.

Shake ’em on down video
Click here to see a live video the guys at Bright Black Films put together for me at Beach Break Festival this year.

That’s your lot. Hope to see you on Saturday, it’s gonna be a wild night!
John, Simon & James

FREE Band Album Download – 1 week left!

Hello there folks!

Just getting in touch to let you know my 2nd album ‘Band’ will only be available for one more week as a free download!

“Fairhurst is both a masterful musician and songwriter, who carefully intertwines music of varying ethnicities into one roaring whole. Band is the result of that extraordinary talent…”  4/5 stars.
- Chris Gilliver,

So, if you haven’t already, go here for your free copy. Also, if you got any mates who you think would enjoy it – spread the link on twitter & facebook!

Please check the Gigs page for all the latest gig info and the Gallery for new pictures from the Chai Wallah 2011 Festival Tour!

Much Love & see you in a venue soon.
John, Simon and James

Upcoming Shows in September and Beyond

Well Hello there folks!

And so, after a truly mad and epic summer (47 shows at 10 festivals and various gigs in just shy of 3 months!) , we find ourselves at the back end of the festival season and rolling on into autumn. We gotta say, its been the summer of a life time, making so many new friends and watching plethora of truly excellent performances.

Massive thanks to Chai Wallahs/Diplomats of Sound, Alex Munro, Joe Driscoll and The Local Posse, The Wandering Word and everyone else we had and will continue to have a fine old time working with.
And of course, everyone who came to watch us!

Check out some awesome pics from Alex Munro/The Local Posse Here

So, whats next?


LOCAL POSSE GIG – Friday 9th September – Bedroom Bar, London – 9pm – 3am

Free before 9pm, £5 after.

“If you were lucky enough to see the Local Posse in a Chai Wallah tent near you this summer, you’ll know exactly what this is about.
After smashing up the Chai Wallah stage at Green Man and Sham Bala festivals, Joe Driscoll is touring with The Local Posse – a collection of underground musical talent incorporating e…lements of hip hop, drum n’bass, classical, folk, dubstep, rock and beat box from the world no.1.
As well as individual performances, artists with hugely differing backgrounds collaborate to create new genres and improvised tracks – different every time, always banging.
This is a musical feast: a free style mash up incorporating some of the finest underground talent the world has to offer.”

The line up so far:
Joe Driscoll – beat box, loop pedals and a variety of instruments
John Fairhurst Band – blues guitar with a dance twist
More Like Trees – with Charmiane Keay & Claire Wackrow on violin
Bellatrix – World Champion Female Beatboxer
Sebastian Goodwin-Day – CODA live dubstep Trombone
Index Indo – MC
Deany Seagulls- Swaparama/Favela Chic

Check out Local Posse Website or Facebook for videos and more info

HEADLINE LONDON GIG – Thursday 15th September – Slaughtered Lamb Pub, Farringdon, London

Our first headline show in London with the band, cant wait for this! Get your tickets now, cos its gonna be busy and its a small venue. We are also happy to have Christoffer Skoug over from Sweden for this one!
Tickets are available for £6.50 from here:
Facebook Event

EXETER ACOUSTICA FESTIVAL – Friday 16th September – 10.00pm

Acoustica Festival

SOUND TRACKS FESTIVAL – Saturday 17th Sept, East London Overground Line

This is a pretty unique gig we’ve been asked to do by Transport For London. We’ll be playing to Saturday night commuters on the East London Overground Line and being filmed. We decided to bring our Local Posse friends Bellatrix and More Like Trees along, so if you fancy stomping on the train with us – then come along and hopefully see some really confused onlookers.
We will be playing:
TRAIN 1 – 21:35 from Dalston Junction to Surrey Quays arriving at 21:52
TRAIN 2 -22:00 from Surrey Quays arriving at Dalston Junction at 22:18

Soundtracks Festival

THE ROARING PSYCHEDELIC OCTOPUS @ The Royal Legion – Wigan – Friday 30th September
My big homecomig gig, haha! Please check my Facebook for upcoming details.

CUTSTOCK FESTIVAL – Saturday 1st October – Bolton

BIG GWANS DANCEHALL – Saturday 1st October – A Secret London location to be announced!

Check Facebook for details

Well, oh my word, this is gonna be a crazy one! We are headlining at 3am after a 4 hr drive down from playing the Cutstock festoval in Bolton. Organised by a good friend of mine who cut his teeth running warehouse parties in London and featuring two floors of music. If you are looking for a party, THIS IS IT!!!!!!


We will shortly be announcing dates for the rest of our UK shows and an Ireland Tour in November. We’ll also be announcing some dates in Sweden, New York, Russia and Japan in the coming months which is dead exciting!

There has been a bit of sneaky recording going on too. More on that at a later date……………..

JOHN FAIRHURST BAND @ Secret Garden Party 2011

Saturday at 3pm Crossroads Stage, 7pm Small World, and our massive 11pm Slot at Chai Wallahs with some special things up our sleeves- DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!!!!. Sunday 4pm at the Electric Circus, 8pm at Woodburner in Valley of the Antics and an 11pm Headline slot at the Artful Badger. Its gonna be a big one!!

Glastonbury Shows

Glasto gigs line up folks –
Arcadia Backstage Bar midnight wed night /thurs morn
Chai Wallahs Acoustic Stage – 16.00 thurs
Chai Wallahs Main Stage – 13.00 friday
Small World – 14.30 Friday
…Tadpole Stage (Green Futures) – 18.45 friday
Arcadia Backstage Bar – 3.00am Friday night/sat morn
Bimble Inn (The Park) – 15.00pm Saturday

more shows yet to be announced, so watch this space and see ya there! Gonna be a wild one