Out of the Box

John has received funding for an exciting collaboration with international violin and viola player Liz Cowdrey.  Dates and venues coming soon for this not to be missed event.

Tour Dates

Not currently touring.  Why not book Long Legged Beasties or Lost Worlds?

The Show

A must see show for all ages

 Beware the Owl Witch from the Kwakiutl tribe of Canada. Share an argument with two grumpy wizards from Porthgwara in West Cornwall.  You may take a trip charting Tom Rakewell‘s rise and fall in old London with the hero of Hogarth’s Rakes Progress and eventually explore the seven worlds of gypsy folk lore on an epic journey with Kalo Dant.  All accompanied by the unforgettable sound of Liz Cowdrey’s violin.

What the audience thinks

Quotes from staff and students at Mullion School

‘Enchanting and enlightening’

‘Great family entertainment’

‘We all left in good spirits’

Quotes from Audience at Trannack

‘Totally absorbing'

‘Amazing performance'

‘Was in tears laughing so much'


Liz Cowdrey


Liz’s playing reflects her passion for travelling and exploring different techniques and styles.

She lived in Italy for a year following her music degree in Manchester. Since then Liz has combined her interest in world music and cultures with a childhood love of chamber music. She became founder member of world music ensemble Orbestra, travelling and performing internationally. Highlights have included performances of the Janacek Violin Sonata in Colombia, and soloist with ‘Anatolia’ in the Eskisehir International Festival in Turkey; and at home with artists including the Brodsky and Emperor string quartets on the South Bank.

Great inspirations for Liz have been folk and gypsy musicians in Eastern Europe. She has visited Hungary and Transylvania several times, soaking up a variety of intoxicating musical flavours.  

 Liz acquired a viola when she became resident in Cornwall in 2003. The instrument had enjoyed the latter part of its previous life as a three-stringed, flat-bridged kontra in a string band in Transylvania. Her interest in ethnic styles and instruments has also created work over the years involving film, TV and radio, including playing the young violin-playing poet in “John Clare’s Journey” (Malachite/Anglia TV).

 As a member of The Conference of Birds based at Trinity College of Music, Liz travels to Brazil in December 2009, with a grant from the British Council to research and promote links between Amazonian birds and music/dance. 

Liz is violinist with the trio Jubovski. She is dedicated to spreading the gypsy spirit through violin playing (www.jubovski.com).