"If you love your acoustic blues, definitely one for you to check out!" - Steve Hoare, The Blues Lounge, Bradley Stroke Radio, UK December 15, 2020.
" … Johnny Never, is probably the most refreshing thing I’ve heard this year, where blues is concerned." - Bill Chicken Wilson, Blues Reflections Magazine, December 2020.
The Winner of the 2023 Regional IBC blues competition in Central Delaware (CDBS) Johnny Never and John Colgan-Davis will be competing in the International-blues-challenge in Memphis TN, January 16- 20, 2024.
All donations from January 16 on will be directed towards our goal of raising funds to complete the Album,
About Johnny Never
Johnny Never (one John)
Johnny Never - Guitars and Vocals
Johnny Never is a highly regarded finger-style blues guitarist who has studied and performed Delta and Piedmont style blues for decades. It has been said that during performances Johnny Never channels the deep rooted spirit and soul of the original Delta and Piedmont blues greats. His music is inspired by the old-time blues masters such as Blind Boy Fuller, Robert Johnson, and Charlie Patton, but he is no mere musical mimic. His robust interpretation of vintage blues standards is as original as it is honest to the spirit of the music. His own compositions possess the qualities of the genuine article, delivered through deft finger-style guitar work and heartfelt vocals. He performs both solo and with accompaniment in blues and folk festivals, bars and music halls, from Memphis to Canada. Johnny and Harmonica Player, John Colgan-Davis will be representing the Central Delaware Blues Society in the 2024 International Blues Challenge (IBC). Johnny was a quarter finalist in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2014.
Johnny Never and John Colgan-Davis
The "Two Johns" sometimes referred to simply as "The Johns" brings together two MidAtlantic regional blues artists, Johnny Never and John Colgan-Davis.
The latest album, Blue Delta, has gotten rave reviews and radio play all around the world.
John Colgan-Davis - Harmonica
John Colgan-Davis started playing the harmonica in local blues and folk clubs back in the late 1960s while he was still a high school student. He played and recorded with Philadelphia singer-guitarist Jesse Graves and played and recorded with Bonnie Raitt when she lived in Philadelphia in the early 1970s. Through Bonnie, John got to meet and play with Mississippi Fred McDowell, Arthur Crudup, Buddy Guy, Skip James, Mississippi John Hurt, and others. He has toured the Midwest and recorded two CDs, Cold and Lonesome on a Train and Heroes and Hard Times, with Tennessee bluesman Sparky Rucker. He performed and toured for three years with The John Cadillac Band. He is a founding member of The Dukes of Destiny.
"Harmonica Man, Portrait of John Colgan-Davis
J. R. CARLETON DORCHESTER AKA JOHNNY NEVER
In addition to being a blues-man, Johnny is also a painter. His work can be seen at www.johndorchester.net. John studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia back in the 1980s. He completed this portrait of John Colgan-Davis in June of 2023. It won the Director's Choice Award at the 2023 Butler Institute of American Art's annual national exhibit.
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