Alexander's in Chester welcome back John O’Connell to the stage on Thursday, July 3 at 7.30pm.

O'Connell has long had his name indelibly written into the tapestry of Liverpool's music scene.

Born and raised in the Everton area of the city, John's early influences were rooted in acoustic, folk and classical guitar.

Stefan Grossman, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn and Martin Carthy all inspired John and ignited his passion for music.

It was a young and high-spirited John O'Connell who responded to a tiny hand written advertisement in Frank Hessy’s music store, which eventually lead to the formation of the legendary Liverpool band, Groundpig.

From these somewhat modest beginnings Groundpig went on to dominate the city's music scene, holding residence in many popular establishments, playing a variety of music from bluegrass, folk, country to pop and more contemporary genres.

Now a solo artist, John continues to play many styles of music including the likes of Bob Dylan, James Taylor, The Pogues, The Killers, Coldplay, Cat Stevens, U2 and Snow Patrol.

Tickets are £8 in advance and £10 on the door. Call 01244 340005 or visit