Having gigged extensively locally and internationally as part of various bands, Jon Shaban has decided to try something slightly scarier – a solo career. Armed with just his voice and his guitar, he takes to the stage to deliver songs which have been described as honest and easy to relate to. The performance is raw and there’s no holding back on the sharing of extremely personal experiences. The kind we’ve all been through but haven’t necessarily processed in the way Jon does.
“It’s exhausting sharing my life with a room full of total strangers” says Jon. “But it’s the feeling of walking off stage after such an intimate creative release and feeling like a new person which makes it worth it.”
As well as his solo performance, Jon is also part of The Shabeen, a band he put together to back the songs he has written. The Shabeen’s performance is raw and energetic and leaves the crowd wide-eyed and wanting more. The band consists of Jon on guitar and vocals, Ryan McArthur (one of the country’s top upright bass players) on upright bass and Thomas Glendinning on drums and percussion.
The band’s songwriting has been compared to and draws influence from bands and artists such as Frank Turner, Flogging Molly, Mumford and Son’s, Against Me, Mischief Brew and many more.
2015 has seen Jon take the bold step into being a full time musician and the release of his much anticipated solo album, Fortune Favours the Brave. The album has been well received and is available on all leading digital distribution platforms.