John Davidson is a highly entertaining, melodic folk-singer and musician who is based in Perthshire, Scotland. He works as a solo artist and as a member of the folk trio Tarneybackle. He sings predominantly Scottish folk songs and includes traditional and contemporary material from England, Ireland and the Americas. As a very young child John was introduced to Scots songs by his Granny (Skye Boat Song, Loch Lomond, Soor Mulk Cairt, Coulter's Candy, Dance to your Daddy etc).
At the age of sixteen John taught himself guitar on his father's 1930's Antoria "f" hole archtop and mandolin on a similar aged ex-pawnshop instrument (Beltone).
As an 18/19 year old he did some floor spots at "The Forum" in East Kilbride. Education and a move to England led to a pause in John's musical career. In 1991 John joined Dunblane Folk Club which led to him joining The Skelpit Lug ceilidh band as a flautist and Talisker as singer/guitarist and sometimes flute and whistle player.
2000 saw the formation of Tarneybackle with Sandy Marshall and Lorna Davidson. In addition, in 2004 John began a solo career, intially performing a mixture of blues, country and contemporary folk. Whilst he still includes some of this material in his performances, John's first love is traditional Scots song and this is the main content of what he has performed since 2005. John performs in inns and hotels across Scotland and entertains in hospitals, day centres and care homes. He has experience of performing for corporate events.