John McCusker

John McCusker

One of Scotland's most gifted and versatile musicians in any genre, John McCusker is equally in demand as a multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer. Born in Bellshill, near Glasgow, he began playing whistle and fiddle as a child, and joined the legendary folk outfit Battlefield Band aged 17. During his 11years with the band, John also released his first two solo recordings, 1995's self-titled debut and 2000's Yella Hoose, and began his long creative partnership with folk-singer Kate Rusby, producing several of her award-winning albums.

While emergindg via the folk scene, John has long been renowned for his skill at transcending musical boundaries. As a live and studio guest he has shared stages with Bonnie Raitt, Patti Smith, Steve Earle, Roseanne Cash, Paolo Nutini and Jools Holland, and featured on recordings by Mark Knopfler, Paul Weller, Teenage Fanclub, Ocean Colour Scene, and many more. Film and TV work includes soundtracks for the movie Heartlands (2002), Billy Connolly's World Tour of New Zealand and the Jennifer Saunder's sitcom Jam and Jerusalem. His most recent solo album, Goodnight Ginger, came out in 2003. John won the Spirit of Scotland award for music in 2001 and the BBC radio 2 folk musician of the year in 2003.

John's expanding portfolio as a producer includes debut albums by Kris Drever and Roddy Woomble. He's also manned the controls for top folk chanteuses Eddi Reader, Linda Thompson and Eliza Carthy, and is currently at work on the forthcoming solo release from Radiohead drummer Philip Selway.

After a 6 month world tour with Mark Knopfler, John has just released a new record along with Orcadian singer Kris Drever and Idlewild front man, Roddy Woomble. The album "Before the ruin" was released in Setember 2008 to International acclaim and features members of Teenage Fanclub, Radiohead, Michael Mcgoldrick and Heidi Talbot.