Who are they?

Jon Doran is a Newcastle-based folk singer and multi-instrumentalist from Gloucestershire. He was a 2019 finalist on BBC Radio 2’s Young Folk Awards and a recent winner of Bromyard Folk Festival’s ‘Future of Folk’ competition. Jon’s sensitive approach to arranging and performing traditional songs on guitar and Irish bouzouki is often said to draw a likeness with revivalists Nic Jones and Andy Irvine. He has a powerful and intricate accompaniment style but never fails to place the narrative at the forefront of his arrangements. His storys focus on all human experience throughout history, whether that be humorous tales, or woeful retellings of tragic events, Jon never fails to capture the beauty and excitement that lies within traditional music. Although Jon’s roots lie within the English folk tradition, after a year of studying Norwegian fiddle technique in Universitetet i Sørøst-Norge and six years as one half of the Anglo-Scottish duo, Janice Burns and Jon Doran, Scandinavian and Scottish influences now enrich his playing and teaching.

Why bring them to Colonsay?

Here at Ceòl HQ we love to find new artists and we all had a collective aha moment when we realised that Jon had appeared on all our radars. His soulful singing and musical magic will astound you and we can’t wait to have hime to the island for the first time!

When can I see them?

Jon will be performing just the one concert on the Friday evening. So be sure not to miss it!!

How do I get to see them?

By purchasing a ticket of course!  Festival passes for Ceòl Cholasa 2022 are £100. Click on the tickets page to see all the options. The full weekend pass gains you entry to all the concerts in the hall, the stomping late night Ceòl Ceilidh and the workshops. It also entitles you to a seat at hotel gigs (though this is strictly first come, first served).

Remember, Ceòl Cholasa is a limited, bijou event. It’s best to purchase your ticket as soon as possible as then you can rest assured that you will be one of a maximum of only 250 people attending the best wee music festival in the west!