Johnny's Blues Club started life as 'Blues at the Liverpool Marina' in November 2005 with the prime objective of presenting live performances by top class blues and R’n’B artistes from the UK and abroad. The programme of shows covers the broad spectrum of the genre from Delta and Piedmont acoustic styles, through Chicago and West Coast influences to rocking Texas blues. Quality entertainment and variety are guaranteed.

John & Lorraine Welsh

2017 Gig List

Jon Cleary & his band

Music Room, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall           Wednesday 12 July 2017 @ 8pm

Jon Cleary’s love and affinity for New Orleans music goes back to Cranbrook, Kent, where he was raised in a musical family. After his introduction to this music, he left school in 1980 and took off for Crescent City. He has lived in New Orleans ever since starting his career playing guitar & keyboards in local bars/clubs. His singing style developed as he went along. It wasn’t long before he was playing in the bands of Taj Mahal, John Schofield, Dr John, and Bonny Raitt, who dubbed him “the ninth wonder of the world”.

The two musicians met through a mutual friend Sam Lewis at Hippie Jack's music festival in Crawford Tennessee. After a brief backstage rehearsal the two took to the stage for an hour of largely improvised music. A few weeks later they were cutting a record at Zac Brown’s iconic Southern Ground studios.

In 2009, he left Bonny Raitt to concentrate on his own music. In 2015, he won a Grammy (see pic above) for the Best Regional Roots Music Album, Go Go Juice. After spending most of the last 37 years in New Orleans in the company of the likes of Allen Toussaint and Dr John, Jon is now filling their shoes with style.

Jon Cleary website


Please note that this is a STANDING concert. Tkts at £15 each are available from the box office (0151 709 3789) or