Saddleworth blues musician comes out of retirement for second time for charity

A BLUES musician is coming out of retirement for a second time to raise funds for a cause close to his heart.

Singer/song writer John Loydon – known as JSL – performed with friends at the The Granby Arms last March in aid of charity NMO Spectrum UK.


It was the first time JSL had played in public since July 2003 when he retired from mainstream music after being diagnosed with rare neurological illness NMO.

Now the musician, who plays guitar, Blues harmonica and sings, is taking to the stage once more at The Hare and Hounds in Uppermill on Sunday, May 8 for another fundraising gig.

JSL explained: “I thought, after last March’s gig at The Granby Arms that I’d be hanging up my guitar and fading into the sunset.

“However, I was contacted by Dave Hughes, the front man of local band ‘Mojo Rising’. He offered the services of his band to back me if I would like to do another fundraiser for NMO.

“I confess the lure of another ‘farewell’ performance was too appealing to resist – and it’s for a very good cause. So, I shall be shaking my moneymaker once again!”

Visit The Hare and Hounds between 6pm and 8pm to hear JSL and the band playing a selection of Blues classics, interspersed with his own songs.

Find out more about JSL’s music on his website: where 20 per cent of sales goes to NMO Spectrum UK.


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