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Original songs written, performed and recorded by John Illingworth Smith and Jolyon Dixon.

Illingworth are John Illingworth Smith and Jolyon Dixon.  The duo met back in 1993 in Salisbury when a mutual friend suggested they collaborated and they have played together ever since.  Between them they have played with some of the biggest names in the industry, toured around the world and performed at famous venues.  Recorded and produced numerous chart-topping hits and written for television, whilst also writing their own material.

Their light-hearted and energetic sets are  a mix of all-time classic covers and their own material which has earned them a reputation for a fantastic and memorable night.

To book please contact John Illingworth Smith as below.

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February 25, 2021

Another New…Normal after Mondays announcement.

Illingworth are now taking bookings again, we want to ‘SING IT’ as soon as we can.  We have all spent the past car crash of a year fending for ourselves and it has left the music industry hurting.  I am sure you have all missed some live music in your life.  Let’s start planning and getting excited!

Where would you like to see us play? Let us know and we will run rabbit run and you will be able to learn more about me (and him)! 

To book please contact John Illingworth Smith:

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Jolyon Dixon

Jolyon Dixon was born in SalisburyWiltshire, and began playing guitar at the age of nine. He has been a professional guitarist since 1993, recording and touring with such diverse artists as Toyah WillcoxVoice of the BeehiveScarletJudie Tzuke and Mark Owen.

Jolyon was a founding member of President Records and in 2004, he began working with Rachel Fuller,  Through Fuller, Dixon met Pete Townshend, and since then he has played on numerous recordings with both Townshend and Fuller. As a session guitarist Jolyon has worked alongside producers such as John LeckieChris ThomasVic Coppersmith-HeavenCraig LeonNeil Perry and Pete Townshend. Dixon was guitarist with Melodramatic Records/Vertigo artist Amy Macdonald, contributing to her 2007 platinum selling the UK number one album This is the Life.  As well as playing guitar, Dixon mixed the bonus live disc on the deluxe edition of Amy Macdonald's chart topping album A Curious Thing and toured regularly with her until the end of 2009. 

Jolyon was also a member of The Last 55's, along with twins Christie and Louise Miller and Stuart Ross

Jolyon now lives in Salisbury Wiltshire and he still plays guitar with Pete Townshend and Rachel Fuller , and has recently joined the remaining members of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich on guitar for their 2019 concerts.

John Illingworth Smith

John Illingworth Smith has been a working musician and singer/songwriter for most of his life and has composed a varied repertoire of rock, pop and folk songs including some heartfelt ballads.

Born in Australia, he moved to England aged 10 and that's when he first started experimenting writing his own songs!

After leaving home and moving to Salisbury he was lucky enough to be introduced to a local and magically gifted musician, Jolyon Dixon in 1993 and they have remained firm friends ever since, co-writing and recording a multitude of songs over the years.

In 2014 the duo moved to Cardiff to become part of the successful music service, where they taught in Primary and Special Educational Needs settings. It was during this period that John discovered his natural ability to write children's educational songs and he was continually amazed at the benefit this had on the children's learning capability.

 "We applied the same process as with all our songs and made them good to listen to for kids and adults alike"

They have also appeared on Cbeebies performing one of their songs with Justin Fletcher, Mr Tumble.



The duo have been writing and producing music together for 28 years. They decided, to create a brand-new album during the months of lockdown.  'New...Normal' was released in September 2020.  

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