Mandolin Jack Bio


Mandolin Jack is a songwriter and musician with a history checkered by a range of roles, inputs, jobs & experiences.

In addition to his own songwriting, he actively supports local songwriters by organising sessions & featured spots in local venues in Twickenham . Monthly radio shows "Songwriter Radio with Mandolin Jack" on CMR Nashville are still available on MIXCLOUD

In the early 80s, after the demise of 70s folk-group Frogmorton, and after a long trip to the States & Mexico, he was sharing the singing & songwriting with guitarist (Big) John Evans as part of roots-based London band The Extraordinaires, playing Fender rhodes piano & Korg "hammond" organ.

In the late 80s & throughout the 90s he worked in film & TV special effects, on such classics as children's TV "Tugs", "Saving Private Ryan" & as digital effects technician on "The Bone Collector" to name just three.

In the early 2000's he balanced the position of course leader in media in various UK colleges while maintaining a slow-if-steady output of songs.

For a couple of years from 2013 on, he was the UK coordinator for the Nashville Songwriters Association (NSAI) in Roy Acuff Place, Nashville; but more often than not Mandolin Jack's "country" songs are tainted with traces of British folk music, Mississippi blues, Appalachian hillbilly & New York bebop....

Mandolin Jack writes on piano, guitar or mandolin - whichever fits the mood of the song - but the preferred gigging instrument is usually the mandolin which explains the name.

All Mandolin Jack music is available for streaming on Spotify and for downloading on Bandcamp (where there are still a few physical CDs available for purchase) PLUS there's always something new popping up on Facebook & YouTube ...

(PS: there's a few more pages of bio if you go looking ...)