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Introducing: John Buckley

Cornish cool-kid John Buckley just needs himself and his guitar to win you over. Trust.


Twenty-year-old, Cornwall-native John Buckley.

The Sound

Despite only having three original songs available online, John Buckley has differentiated himself from other acoustic guitar-wielding singer-songwriters in his sphere. He’s not related to Jeff Buckley – although John has cited Jeff as one of his influences. 

He makes catchy, Folky, acoustic-driven Indie-Pop that’s incredibly relatable, particularly with his young fan base. Buckley has found a nice mixture of Paolo Nutini, Matt Corby, Daughter and Ed Sheeran in his approach to songwriting and performance.

The Story

John Buckley’s rather rapid growth in popularity began when he was living in Cornwall studying music at Truro College. He was content playing open-mic nights and busking on the harbour when he began casually sharing acoustic covers of popular songs on his Facebook page. This really paid off for him, Buckley’s enchanting vocal and unique style shone through these simple, stripped back performances and he rightly gained a loyal following from it.

BBC Introducing and Radio 1 picked up his own material and spread the word in 2016. Three releases and a string of festival performances later and it appears he’s en route to big things. John Buckley only has three songs available on Spotify and they’ve already accumulated more than a million streams between them.

Essential Tracks

“Hard To Love” is the latest single released in February 2018, the initial response to the tune has been great. Check it out:

Have a look at the authentically filmed video for “Festival” below. The song has over 800,000 streams on Spotify.

Where can I see him live?

Follow this link for upcoming John Buckley shows in the UK:

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