For more than four decades, John James has been considered among the most dynamic, musical and technically adept fingerstyle guitarists in Britain and throughout the world. His ability to entertain, with a combination of humor and musicianship, has contributed to his popular appeal. He has performed throughout the UK and Europe, and toured the US with Happy Traum in 1979. Through this blend of presentation and performance, John James has brought the art of the fingerstyle guitar from the initial appeal of dedicated guitar fans to the appreciation of a wider audience.
Although John plays a variety of musical genres, from folk to blues to jazz, he has become most widely known for his brilliant interpretations of the pieces of Scott Joplin and other classic ragtime composers.
"...There are one or two guitarists who manage to combine the emotional appeal of rock with the complexity and technique of the best classical and jazz instrumentalists. Probably the best of them is John James." - Time Out, London