Home
  • Home
  • Review: John Ward SARGASSO

Review: John Ward SARGASSO

20 October 2016 CD Reviews


John Ward

SARGASSO

Ion Music UK

***

East Anglian singer-songwriter done good

Back in the days of yore, a little after the days of knight’s with helmets and horses, but certainly when I still had all my own teeth, I used to watch John Ward playing support slots in many East Anglian folk clubs, often in the company of Mario Price on violin. Then life intervened and I lost track and now he’s here again.

It has been a pleasure to re-acquaint myself, via cd, I thought he was good back then and it is good to know that my ears did not and still do not deceive me. For he has written all twelve pieces on this cd and there are several little gems amongst them. Most notably “Adrift” which turns its attention to the plight of the many refugees this world is creating, and “The Good Old Days Are Here” which urges us to appreciate the now rather than wait to recall things later.

Backed by a trusty band of top-notch local musicians this is an album that doesn’t share all its beauties with you at the first time of asking, rather it rewards those that have the insight to listen again and treasure the nuances that reveal themselves like the changing colours of a glorious sunset.

So it’s fair to say that I like this, and I have listened more than once, so should you.

Ian Ambrose

johnward.org.uk


, , ,

#_form_7_ { font-size:14px; line-height:1.6; font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif; margin:0; }
#_form_7_ * { outline:0; }
._form_hide { display:none; visibility:hidden; }
._form_show { display:block; visibility:visible; }
#_form_7_._form-top { top:0; }
#_form_7_._form-bottom { bottom:0; }
#_form_7_._form-left { left:0; }
#_form_7_._form-right { right:0; }
#_form_7_ input[type="text"],#_form_7_ input[type="date"],#_form_7_ textarea { padding:6px; height:auto; border:#979797 1px solid; border-radius:4px; color:#000 !important; font-size:13px; -webkit-box-sizing:border-box; -moz-box-sizing:border-box; box-sizing:border-box; }
#_form_7_ textarea { resize:none; }
#_form_7_ ._submit { -webkit-appearance:none; cursor:pointer; font-family:arial, sans-serif; font-size:14px; text-align:center; background:#333 !important; border:0 !important; -moz-border-radius:4px !important; -webkit-border-radius:4px !important; border-radius:4px !important; color:#fff !important; padding:10px !important; }
#_form_7_ ._close-icon { cursor:pointer; background-image:url('https://d226aj4ao1t61q.cloudfront.net/esfkyjh1u_forms-close-dark.png'); background-repeat:no-repeat; background-size:14.2px 14.2px; position:absolute; display:block; top:11px; right:9px; overflow:hidden; width:16.2px; height:16.2px; }
#_form_7_ ._close-icon:before { position:relative; }
#_form_7_ ._form-body { margin-bottom:30px; }
#_form_7_ ._form-image-left { width:150px; float:left; }
#_form_7_ ._form-content-right { margin-left:164px; }
#_form_7_ ._form-branding { color:#fff; font-size:10px; clear:both; text-align:left; margin-top:30px; font-weight:100; }
#_form_7_ ._form-branding ._logo { display:block; width:130px; height:14px; margin-top:6px; background-image:url('https://d226aj4ao1t61q.cloudfront.net/hh9ujqgv5_aclogo_li.png'); background-size:130px auto; background-repeat:no-repeat; }
#_form_7_ ._form-label,#_form_7_ ._form_element ._form-label { font-weight:bold; margin-bottom:5px; display:block; }
#_form_7_._dark ._form-branding { color:#333; }
#_form_7_._dark ._form-branding ._logo { background-image:url('https://d226aj4ao1t61q.cloudfront.net/jftq2c8s_aclogo_dk.png'); }
#_form_7_ ._form_element { position:relative; margin-bottom:10px; font-size:0; max-width:100%; }
#_form_7_ ._form_element * { font-size:14px; }
#_form_7_ ._form_element._clear { clear:both; width:100%; float:none; }
#_form_7_ ._form_element._clear:after { clear:left; }
#_form_7_ ._form_element input[type="text"],#_form_7_ ._form_element input[type="date"],#_form_7_ ._form_element select,#_form_7_ ._form_element textarea:not(.g-recaptcha-response) { display:block; width:100%; -webkit-box-sizing:border-box; -moz-box-sizing:border-box; box-sizing:border-box; }
#_form_7_ ._field-wrapper { position:relative; }
#_form_7_ ._inline-style { float:left; }
#_form_7_ ._inline-style input[type="text"] { width:150px; }
#_form_7_ ._inline-style:not(._clear) + ._inline-style:not(._clear) { margin-left:20px; }
#_form_7_ ._form_element img._form-image { max-width:100%; }
#_form_7_ ._clear-element { clear:left; }
#_form_7_ ._full_width { width:100%; }
#_form_7_ ._form_full_field { display:block; width:100%; margin-bottom:10px; }
#_form_7_ input[type="text"]._has_error,#_form_7_ textarea._has_error { border:#f37c7b 1px solid; }
#_form_7_ input[type="checkbox"]._has_error { outline:#f37c7b 1px solid; }
#_form_7_ ._error { display:block; position:absolute; font-size:13px; z-index:10000001; }
#_form_7_ ._error._above { padding-bottom:4px; top:-41px; right:0; }
#_form_7_ ._error._below { padding-top:4px; top:100%; right:0; }
#_form_7_ ._error._above ._error-arrow { bottom:0; right:15px; border-left:5px solid transparent; border-right:5px solid transparent; border-top:5px solid #f37c7b; }
#_form_7_ ._error._below ._error-arrow { top:0; right:15px; border-left:5px solid transparent; border-right:5px solid transparent; border-bottom:5px solid #f37c7b; }
#_form_7_ ._error-inner { padding:8px 12px; background-color:#f37c7b; font-size:13px; font-family:arial, sans-serif; color:#fff; text-align:center; text-decoration:none; -webkit-border-radius:4px; -moz-border-radius:4px; border-radius:4px; }
#_form_7_ ._error-inner._form_error { margin-bottom:5px; text-align:left; }
#_form_7_ ._button-wrapper ._error-inner._form_error { position:static; }
#_form_7_ ._error-inner._no_arrow { margin-bottom:10px; }
#_form_7_ ._error-arrow { position:absolute; width:0; height:0; }
#_form_7_ ._error-html { margin-bottom:10px; }
.pika-single { z-index:10000001 !important; }
@media all and (min-width:320px) and (max-width:667px) { ::-webkit-scrollbar { display:none; }
#_form_7_ { margin:0; width:100%; min-width:100%; max-width:100%; box-sizing:border-box; }
#_form_7_ * { -webkit-box-sizing:border-box; -moz-box-sizing:border-box; box-sizing:border-box; font-size:1em; }
#_form_7_ ._form-content { margin:0; width:100%; }
#_form_7_ ._form-inner { display:block; min-width:100%; }
#_form_7_ ._form-title,#_form_7_ ._inline-style { margin-top:0; margin-right:0; margin-left:0; }
#_form_7_ ._form-title { font-size:1.2em; }
#_form_7_ ._form_element { margin:0 0 20px; padding:0; width:100%; }
#_form_7_ ._form-element,#_form_7_ ._inline-style,#_form_7_ input[type="text"],#_form_7_ label,#_form_7_ p,#_form_7_ textarea:not(.g-recaptcha-response) { float:none; display:block; width:100%; }
#_form_7_ ._row._checkbox-radio label { display:inline; }
#_form_7_ ._row,#_form_7_ p,#_form_7_ label { margin-bottom:0.7em; width:100%; }
#_form_7_ ._row input[type="checkbox"],#_form_7_ ._row input[type="radio"] { margin:0 !important; vertical-align:middle !important; }
#_form_7_ ._row input[type="checkbox"] + span label { display:inline; }
#_form_7_ ._row span label { margin:0 !important; width:initial !important; vertical-align:middle !important; }
#_form_7_ ._form-image { max-width:100%; height:auto !important; }
#_form_7_ input[type="text"] { padding-left:10px; padding-right:10px; font-size:16px; line-height:1.3em; -webkit-appearance:none; }
#_form_7_ input[type="radio"],#_form_7_ input[type="checkbox"] { display:inline-block; width:1.3em; height:1.3em; font-size:1em; margin:0 0.3em 0 0; vertical-align:baseline; }
#_form_7_ button[type="submit"] { padding:20px; font-size:1.5em; }
#_form_7_ ._inline-style { margin:20px 0 0 !important; }
}
#_form_7_ { position:relative; text-align:left; margin:25px auto 0; padding:20px; -webkit-box-sizing:border-box; -moz-box-sizing:border-box; box-sizing:border-box; *zoom:1; background:#fff !important; border:0px solid #b0b0b0 !important; width:500px; -moz-border-radius:0px !important; -webkit-border-radius:0px !important; border-radius:0px !important; color:#000 !important; }
#_form_7_ ._form-title { font-size:22px; line-height:22px; font-weight:600; margin-bottom:0; }
#_form_7_:before,#_form_7_:after { content:" "; display:table; }
#_form_7_:after { clear:both; }
#_form_7_._inline-style { width:auto; display:inline-block; }
#_form_7_._inline-style input[type="text"],#_form_7_._inline-style input[type="date"] { padding:10px 12px; }
#_form_7_._inline-style button._inline-style { position:relative; top:27px; }
#_form_7_._inline-style p { margin:0; }
#_form_7_._inline-style ._button-wrapper { position:relative; margin:27px 12.5px 0 20px; }
#_form_7_ ._form-thank-you { position:relative; left:0; right:0; text-align:center; font-size:18px; }
@media all and (min-width:320px) and (max-width:667px) { #_form_7_._inline-form._inline-style ._inline-style._button-wrapper { margin-top:20px !important; margin-left:0 !important; }
}

Subscribe to the Maverick Newsletter

We would like to send you a monthly newsletter featuring all the latest news from the country music scene. If you would ike to receive it, please enter your details below. You can unsubscribe at any time!

 
 

window.cfields = [];
window._show_thank_you = function(id, message, trackcmp_url) {
var form = document.getElementById('_form_' + id + '_'), thank_you = form.querySelector('._form-thank-you');
form.querySelector('._form-content').style.display = 'none';
thank_you.innerHTML = message;
thank_you.style.display = 'block';
if (typeof(trackcmp_url) != 'undefined' && trackcmp_url) {
// Site tracking URL to use after inline form submission.
_load_script(trackcmp_url);
}
if (typeof window._form_callback !== 'undefined') window._form_callback(id);
};
window._show_error = function(id, message, html) {
var form = document.getElementById('_form_' + id + '_'), err = document.createElement('div'), button = form.querySelector('button'), old_error = form.querySelector('._form_error');
if (old_error) old_error.parentNode.removeChild(old_error);
err.innerHTML = message;
err.className = '_error-inner _form_error _no_arrow';
var wrapper = document.createElement('div');
wrapper.className = '_form-inner';
wrapper.appendChild(err);
button.parentNode.insertBefore(wrapper, button);
document.querySelector('[id^="_form"][id$="_submit"]').disabled = false;
if (html) {
var div = document.createElement('div');
div.className = '_error-html';
div.innerHTML = html;
err.appendChild(div);
}
};
window._load_script = function(url, callback) {
var head = document.querySelector('head'), script = document.createElement('script'), r = false;
script.type = 'text/javascript';
script.charset = 'utf-8';
script.src = url;
if (callback) {
script.onload = script.onreadystatechange = function() {
if (!r && (!this.readyState || this.readyState == 'complete')) {
r = true;
callback();
}
};
}
head.appendChild(script);
};
(function() {
if (window.location.search.search("excludeform") !== -1) return false;
var getCookie = function(name) {
var match = document.cookie.match(new RegExp('(^|; )' + name + '=([^;]+)'));
return match ? match[2] : null;
}
var setCookie = function(name, value) {
var now = new Date();
var time = now.getTime();
var expireTime = time + 1000 * 60 * 60 * 24 * 365;
now.setTime(expireTime);
document.cookie = name + '=' + value + '; expires=' + now + ';path=/';
}
var addEvent = function(element, event, func) {
if (element.addEventListener) {
element.addEventListener(event, func);
} else {
var oldFunc = element['on' + event];
element['on' + event] = function() {
oldFunc.apply(this, arguments);
func.apply(this, arguments);
};
}
}
var _removed = false;
var form_to_submit = document.getElementById('_form_7_');
var allInputs = form_to_submit.querySelectorAll('input, select, textarea'), tooltips = [], submitted = false;

var getUrlParam = function(name) {
var regexStr = '[?&]' + name + '=([^&#]*)';
var results = new RegExp(regexStr, 'i').exec(window.location.href);
return results != undefined ? decodeURIComponent(results[1]) : false;
};

for (var i = 0; i < allInputs.length; i++) {
var regexStr = "field[(d+)]";
var results = new RegExp(regexStr).exec(allInputs[i].name);
if (results != undefined) {
allInputs[i].dataset.name = window.cfields[results[1]];
} else {
allInputs[i].dataset.name = allInputs[i].name;
}
var fieldVal = getUrlParam(allInputs[i].dataset.name);

if (fieldVal) {
if (allInputs[i].type == "radio" || allInputs[i].type == "checkbox") {
if (allInputs[i].value == fieldVal) {
allInputs[i].checked = true;
}
} else {
allInputs[i].value = fieldVal;
}
}
}

var remove_tooltips = function() {
for (var i = 0; i < tooltips.length; i++) {
tooltips[i].tip.parentNode.removeChild(tooltips[i].tip);
}
tooltips = [];
};
var remove_tooltip = function(elem) {
for (var i = 0; i < tooltips.length; i++) {
if (tooltips[i].elem === elem) {
tooltips[i].tip.parentNode.removeChild(tooltips[i].tip);
tooltips.splice(i, 1);
return;
}
}
};
var create_tooltip = function(elem, text) {
var tooltip = document.createElement('div'), arrow = document.createElement('div'), inner = document.createElement('div'), new_tooltip = {};
if (elem.type != 'radio' && elem.type != 'checkbox') {
tooltip.className = '_error';
arrow.className = '_error-arrow';
inner.className = '_error-inner';
inner.innerHTML = text;
tooltip.appendChild(arrow);
tooltip.appendChild(inner);
elem.parentNode.appendChild(tooltip);
} else {
tooltip.className = '_error-inner _no_arrow';
tooltip.innerHTML = text;
elem.parentNode.insertBefore(tooltip, elem);
new_tooltip.no_arrow = true;
}
new_tooltip.tip = tooltip;
new_tooltip.elem = elem;
tooltips.push(new_tooltip);
return new_tooltip;
};
var resize_tooltip = function(tooltip) {
var rect = tooltip.elem.getBoundingClientRect();
var doc = document.documentElement, scrollPosition = rect.top - ((window.pageYOffset || doc.scrollTop) - (doc.clientTop || 0));
if (scrollPosition < 40) {
tooltip.tip.className = tooltip.tip.className.replace(/ ?(_above|_below) ?/g, '') + ' _below';
} else {
tooltip.tip.className = tooltip.tip.className.replace(/ ?(_above|_below) ?/g, '') + ' _above';
}
};
var resize_tooltips = function() {
if (_removed) return;
for (var i = 0; i < tooltips.length; i++) {
if (!tooltips[i].no_arrow) resize_tooltip(tooltips[i]);
}
};
var validate_field = function(elem, remove) {
var tooltip = null, value = elem.value, no_error = true;
remove ? remove_tooltip(elem) : false;
if (elem.type != 'checkbox') elem.className = elem.className.replace(/ ?_has_error ?/g, '');
if (elem.getAttribute('required') !== null) {
if (elem.type == 'radio' || (elem.type == 'checkbox' && /any/.test(elem.className))) {
var elems = form_to_submit.elements[elem.name];
if (!(elems instanceof NodeList || elems instanceof HTMLCollection) || elems.length <= 1) {
no_error = elem.checked;
}
else {
no_error = false;
for (var i = 0; i < elems.length; i++) {
if (elems[i].checked) no_error = true;
}
}
if (!no_error) {
tooltip = create_tooltip(elem, "Please select an option.");
}
} else if (elem.type =='checkbox') {
var elems = form_to_submit.elements[elem.name], found = false, err = [];
no_error = true;
for (var i = 0; i < elems.length; i++) {
if (elems[i].getAttribute('required') === null) continue;
if (!found && elems[i] !== elem) return true;
found = true;
elems[i].className = elems[i].className.replace(/ ?_has_error ?/g, '');
if (!elems[i].checked) {
no_error = false;
elems[i].className = elems[i].className + ' _has_error';
err.push("Checking %s is required".replace("%s", elems[i].value));
}
}
if (!no_error) {
tooltip = create_tooltip(elem, err.join('
'));
}
} else if (elem.tagName == 'SELECT') {
var selected = true;
if (elem.multiple) {
selected = false;
for (var i = 0; i < elem.options.length; i++) {
if (elem.options[i].selected) {
selected = true;
break;
}
}
} else {
for (var i = 0; i < elem.options.length; i++) {
if (elem.options[i].selected && !elem.options[i].value) {
selected = false;
}
}
}
if (!selected) {
elem.className = elem.className + ' _has_error';
no_error = false;
tooltip = create_tooltip(elem, "Please select an option.");
}
} else if (value === undefined || value === null || value === '') {
elem.className = elem.className + ' _has_error';
no_error = false;
tooltip = create_tooltip(elem, "This field is required.");
}
}
if (no_error && elem.name == 'email') {
if (!value.match(/^[+_a-z0-9-'&=]+(.[+_a-z0-9-']+)*@[a-z0-9-]+(.[a-z0-9-]+)*(.[a-z]{2,})$/i)) {
elem.className = elem.className + ' _has_error';
no_error = false;
tooltip = create_tooltip(elem, "Enter a valid email address.");
}
}
if (no_error && /date_field/.test(elem.className)) {
if (!value.match(/^dddd-dd-dd$/)) {
elem.className = elem.className + ' _has_error';
no_error = false;
tooltip = create_tooltip(elem, "Enter a valid date.");
}
}
tooltip ? resize_tooltip(tooltip) : false;
return no_error;
};
var needs_validate = function(el) {
return el.name == 'email' || el.getAttribute('required') !== null;
};
var validate_form = function(e) {
var err = form_to_submit.querySelector('._form_error'), no_error = true;
if (!submitted) {
submitted = true;
for (var i = 0, len = allInputs.length; i < len; i++) {
var input = allInputs[i];
if (needs_validate(input)) {
if (input.type == 'text') {
addEvent(input, 'blur', function() {
this.value = this.value.trim();
validate_field(this, true);
});
addEvent(input, 'input', function() {
validate_field(this, true);
});
} else if (input.type == 'radio' || input.type == 'checkbox') {
(function(el) {
var radios = form_to_submit.elements[el.name];
for (var i = 0; i < radios.length; i++) {
addEvent(radios[i], 'click', function() {
validate_field(el, true);
});
}
})(input);
} else if (input.tagName == 'SELECT') {
addEvent(input, 'change', function() {
validate_field(this, true);
});
}
}
}
}
remove_tooltips();
for (var i = 0, len = allInputs.length; i < len; i++) {
var elem = allInputs[i];
if (needs_validate(elem)) {
if (elem.tagName.toLowerCase() !== "select") {
elem.value = elem.value.trim();
}
validate_field(elem) ? true : no_error = false;
}
}
if (!no_error && e) {
e.preventDefault();
}
resize_tooltips();
return no_error;
};
addEvent(window, 'resize', resize_tooltips);
addEvent(window, 'scroll', resize_tooltips);
window._old_serialize = null;
if (typeof serialize !== 'undefined') window._old_serialize = window.serialize;
_load_script("//d3rxaij56vjege.cloudfront.net/form-serialize/0.3/serialize.min.js", function() {
window._form_serialize = window.serialize;
if (window._old_serialize) window.serialize = window._old_serialize;
});
var form_submit = function(e) {
e.preventDefault();
if (validate_form()) {
// use this trick to get the submit button & disable it using plain javascript
document.querySelector('[id^="_form"][id$="_submit"]').disabled = true;
var serialized = _form_serialize(document.getElementById('_form_7_'));
var err = form_to_submit.querySelector('._form_error');
err ? err.parentNode.removeChild(err) : false;
_load_script('https://handmedia.activehosted.com/proc.php?' + serialized + '&jsonp=true');
}
return false;
};
addEvent(form_to_submit, 'submit', form_submit);
})();