Live music

JOHN Jones and the Reluctant Ramblers are heading for Otley Courthouse.

Jones, charismatic lead singer of Oysterband, says: "I had the crazy idea of walking to gigs a few years ago and managed to persuade reluctant musicians and a sceptical agency to help. Rushing from gig to gig, crowded motorways, increased stress levels and time wasted staring out of tour bus windows at inviting hills rolling by just made me think: walking 20 miles, setting up in a pub, church, canal side…anywhere was worth trying as an alternative."

Starting in 2009, John combined his loves of walking and music, leading a group of musicians from his home on the Welsh Borders to Leicester. Now they continue the Spine of England Walking Tour, taking the Pennine Way, with gigs each evening.

He's at Otley Courthouse on Saturday, May 26 at 8pm. Call (01943) 467466.