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John Spiers

John Spiers (born 1975) is an English melodeon, concertina and bandoneon player.

John Spiers
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John Spiers at Towersey Village Festival 2008
Background information
Birth nameJohn Spiers
GenresFolk Music
Associated actsSpiers and Boden, Bellowhead



John is best known for his work with the duo Spiers and Boden, the band Bellowhead, and Eliza Carthy's old band The Ratcatchers. He is currently focusing on solo performance.

Personal lifeEdit

John was born in Birmingham but moved to Abingdon at an early age. His father is a Morris dancer. He attended John Mason School in Abingdon, and then went on to study genetics at King's College, Cambridge.[1] As a child he learned the organ and piano and when he was a university student he began to play the piano accordion and melodeon. After spending some time busking he started a new career selling melodeons.

He and his partner have a son and a daughter.

Other publicationsEdit

  • The John Spiers Tunebook (2002) – 32 tunes with chords
  • Jiggery Pokerwork - The John Spiers Tunebook (2017) - 59 tunes with chords[2]


  1. ^ Hodgkinson, Will (19 September 2008). "Folk has a new sex appeal". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  2. ^

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