Jon was born, raised and still lives in Liverpool. He first played the Cavern Club way back in 1987 with the cast of ‘The Need for Heroes” – a Musical about Merseybeat legends, Rory Storm & The Hurricanes, Ringo Starr’s first band!
His first professional acting job after leaving drama school in 1990 was playing the part of John Lennon in the musical play “Imagine”. He went on to form the band/show “Instant Karma”. Focusing mainly on John’s solo career, they became one of the headline bands at Liverpool’s International Beatleweek for many years, as well as touring the UK and Europe extensively. In addition to this, he has appeared in many stage shows, including musicals paying tributes to Liverpool legend Billy Fury and “The Big O” – Roy Orbison. He has also appeared in several Films over the years and made numerous TV appearances.
In 2007, Jon was one of the first inductees into Liverpool’s International Beatleweek Hall of Fame for his outstanding contribution to the festival.
Fast forward to today, and Jon is now a Director of Cavern City Tours, the company behind International Beatleweek, and of course, the owners of the Cavern – the most famous club in the world. He is primarily responsible for all music/events at the club and presents many of the Theatre shows throughout International Beatleweek. He recently directed the Cavern’s official documentary – ‘The Cavern Club – The Beat Goes On”. Jon still manages to perform solo acoustic gigs during the week in the Cavern as one of the resident artists. Jon, of course pays tribute to John and the Beatles, as well as all the other great bands to have performed at this legendary venue – The Kinks, Stones, Oasis and many more!
In the last few years, Jon has visited the US, Canada, Japan, Argentina, Europe, and Brazil promoting the Cavern and International Beatleweek, as well as performing his tribute to John and the Beatles. Jon is also a singer songwriter and has just released his new album ‘Any Man Would Do The Same’ on Cavern Records. This is available to purchase here as well as all streaming platforms.