A man of landscape and soundscape, Jon Sanders has developed a unique world music sound and style that evokes diverse cultures in a quantum, leaping” way, so says the Irish Times.
Playing the bass mandola and the 8 stringed, guitar-bodied guizouki, Jon uses a 2nd pickup to add bass lines to create a depth and colour to his compositions, which draw on Celtic, Arabic, African and contemporary styles. Add a percussive stomp and emotive vocals and the sounds soar into a new dimension.
In contrast, he finger-picks an upside-down, variously-tuned uke, giving Mali-inspired rhythms and melodies alongside bluegrass stomp and Celtic/Mexican hybrids. Called the ngoni-uke, the wee instrument sounds harp-like, funky as and a wee bit cheeky. That’s why the Irish Times arts section, The Ticket, called his latest album- Zoukelele – ” a deeply meditative, impishly playful, jazz tinged collection”.