Midnite Johnny is an acclaimed American guitarist/vocalist, offering a four-piece blues based classic/roots rock band. His astounding guitar work and tones compliment the tight band performance from Norm Helm (bass/vocals), Tim Franks (drums) and Ian Cross (piano and B3 organ). International audiences have been left in awe by the level of musicianship. Midnite Johnny will set such a captivating mood that will take the audience from any venue or event into a down-town Chicago bar!
Any events and functions, pubs and clubs, festivals.
Midnite Johnny is available as a complete 4-piece band for live performances nationwide, usual booking fee ranges between £275.00 and £500.00 depending on your requirements. Venues or events outside the North West area may involve a slightly higher fee due to travel or accomodation (where appropriate) expenses. This is a professional act that will not disappoint audiences (see testimonies below).
To enquire about availability, please contact the Talent Pool office:
01204 522 908 (Mon – Sat, 10AM – 5.30PM)
Reviews and Testimonials
“I popped back to landlord Steve’s ‘Bohemian Oasis’ at the ‘Thatched Tavern’ on Friday night, deliberately to check out Midnite Johnny and wasn’t disappointed. Their front man, Johnny himself, hails originally from The Bronx in New York and has the pedigree to match his substantial talents. The consensus was “best band seen this year” by the regulars and I probably agree. Gorgeous tones, clear as a bell, at just the right volume. I watched Johnny carefully polishing his strings before he started and soon realised that “this man can really play!”
“Our objective was to catch Midnight Johnny and the boys at BJ’s in Chorley. We got there early and nabbed a ringside seat. Very romantic it was too with a candle on every table lending a club like ambience to The Hop Pocket. I’d heard good things about this band and being a blues man by nature I was curious to see how they interpreted the idiom and its myriad styles. My curiosity was well satisfied. They were stunning. Right from the off they were tight. Johnny calls the shots and they all watch him like a hawk. They played mostly covers with one or two originals which impressed. Some old chestnuts were modernised with a really cool funk feel. The old Alain Toussaint standard “Get out my life woman” was a knock out. Having said that they could shuffle straight out of a back street in Chicago in the old school style. This got the audience swinging away in no time. The rhythm section of Norm Helm (bass) and Tim Franks (drums) did the business without stepping on anyone’s toes. They changed seamlessly from funk to shuffle to rock to slow to fast without a blip. Ian Cross on keys was the unsung hero with some beautiful piano stuff and a lovely 60s Hammond sound which fit the bill perfectly. Johnny himself is a guitar maestro who has a chameleon suit on. If you close your eyes you can hear a Carlos or an Eric or a Jimmy or even a Steve Cropper in there. He seems to have a driving powerful style of his own with discrete but well executed effects. There is no compromise though which is how it should be. I itched for him to do some more slide work. Perhaps another day. They did the live version of Wonderful Tonight with the beautiful opening Mark Knopfler chords. Probably the best band I’ve seen this year. Exceptional!”
“I was privileged to witness a remarkable set of musicians by the name of The MIDNITE JOHNNY Band and I have to say they were awesome. John’s astounding guitar playing captured the crowd and were instantly hooked, he has that ability and takes you through every note, and can make that guitar talk, cry, scream, and weep. John takes the best of the guitar greats from both sides of the Atlantic and then puts his own rubber stamp on it, which results in an amazing all round band performance. John as well as being a great and cool guitarist has written songs for the bands albums, is there no end to this man’s talents I hear you say. John’s band are, on Keys and Electric piano Ian Cross superb player and commands people to listen to his style of play I was spell bound. This band has a very strong rhythm section, the spine of this band, on drums, Tim Franks he has a wealth of experience a drummer of some repute and is competent in all the different styles and played out of his skin no pun intended. On a soul searching funky in your face bass guitar a brilliant musician who goes by the name of Norman Helm, and he is not too shabby as a backing vocalist to John. If you weren’t’ their then you missed a brilliant gig, a brilliant live performance from a great hard working band.”