Royston Jones

Royston Jones


Royston Jones are a culmination of many influences and styles, which create one unique sound that has to be heard and seen. Having headlined many prestigious venues across England with an ever growing fan base, make sure you check them out live. You will definitely be left wanting to hear more.


Royston Jones are without doubt one of the most exciting new up and coming bands around, with the unforgettable voice and amazing song writing talents of Josh Kershaw along with Matt Kelly on drums, Steve Johal on bass and Tom Williams on lead guitar, Royston Jones will be the name on everyone's lips.
Lead singer and acoustic guitarist Josh Kershaw was born into a musical family. His father an opera singer for the ENO, and his mother a music teacher. Josh was encouraged to play any instrument he could and started writing songs at 14 after his father died. Josh soloed for 3 years where his voice and passion for song writing and performing continued to grow.
Steve Johal has played the bass since choosing it over a holiday to Barbados at 15. Steve had played in several bands previously, but found Josh's music and lyrics so addictive that he quit his day job to dedicate himself totally to Royston Jones.
Taught by the infamous Bob Armstrong, drummer Matt Kelly started playing aged 12 and has played in many bands over the years. After hearing Josh's musical ability he started Royston Jones.
Tom Williams also comes from a music backgrond with his uncle playing for Jethro Tull, he knew from an early age he wanted to be in a band. Heavily influenced by Hendrix and many 70's bands his style clearly comes through in the music.
The band has a huge range of influences coming from jazz, funk, blues, rock, you name it there's an influence there! Having been compared to "Snow Patrol across with Jeff Buckley" with "songs that command you to sit and reflect" (Martin Stapleton) Royston Jones are a band to watch.
The last year has been exceptionally busy with gigging, recording, radio play and interviews. The band has headlined prestigious venues including London Barfly, Bedford Esquires, Club NME and Rhythms of the World festival with Billy Cobham. They are also playing the Offset festival in August with The Maccabees, Young Knives, Fightstar, The Hoosiers and others.
The self titled, self released album sold out far quicker than expected with tracks being played on BBC Radio 1 and BBC 3 Counties Radio. They are presently recording a new professional ep.
The live sound is one to be experienced to be believed.


Live album recorded in November 2007 on self release.
Waste of Time played on BBC Radio 1.
Wake Up played on BBC 3 Counties Radio.
Played 3 tracks live on BBC radio with 1 track uploaded to BBC website.

Set List

Sets are all original songs written by the band.
Sets vary depending on the venue.
Generally 30 minutes for support slots or 45 to 60 minutes for headline slots.