John Bramwell

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John Bramwell
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John Bramwell performing with I Am Kloot at Chester Racecourse on 3 July 2011
Background information
Birth nameJohn Harold Arnold Bramwell
Also known asJohnny Dangerously
Born (1964-11-27) 27 November 1964 (age 54)
Hyde, Cheshire, England
GenresRock, alternative rock, indie rock
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1988–present
  • Village Records
Associated acts

John Harold Arnold Bramwell[1] (born 27 November 1964[2] in Hyde, Cheshire) is an English singer-songwriter, best known as the former frontman for the three-piece alternative rock band I Am Kloot.

Prior to forming I Am Kloot, Bramwell had previously issued solo material under the guise of "Johnny Dangerously".[3]

He is left-handed, but plays guitar right-handed.


Bramwell was born on 27 November 1964 in Hyde, Cheshire (now part of Tameside, Greater Manchester). He grew up in Gee Cross, Hyde.[4] In the early years, John was the front man of a four-piece band called "The Ignition" that toured in the early to late 1980s. Following that he became a solo performer and Granada Television presenter[3] Johnny Dangerously, introducing a local Saturday morning magazine programme Fresh that included one of the first TV appearances for KFM Radio personality Caroline Aherne in her Mrs. Merton role.[5] In this guise he also released You, Me and the Alarm Clock, named in The Guardian newspaper as one of "greatest albums you've never heard".[6] He also released a single with The deBuchias.

In the early 1990s, Bramwell formed The Mouth with friend and musician Bryan Glancy (the titular Seldom Seen Kid) that later included members of I Am Kloot – Andy Hargreaves and Peter Jobson. The Mouth first played live at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles, and on returning from America, Bramwell worked booking bands at Manchester venue Night & Day Café during the mid- to late-1990s.

In 1999, he formed I Am Kloot. The band released its first single "Titanic/To You" as a 7" double A-side single in 1999 and its first album Natural History in 2001 – both produced by Guy Garvey from Elbow.

Solo discography[edit]

As Johnny Dangerously, Bramwell released the mini-album You, Me and the Alarm Clock in 1989.[7] It was acclaimed in The Guardian newspaper as one of "the greatest albums you've never heard",[6] a track from which was re-released as a B-side to an I Am Kloot single "Over My Shoulder".

In 2013 Bramwell contributed leading vocals for song "Measurement of Moving On" on Felix White's (The Maccabees) solo EP release titled Cosmo.

On 25 January 2014, John Bramwell released Live at The Trades – a live album available only at live shows[8]. The recording consists of material recorded during Bramwell's concert at the Hebden Bridge Trades Club in June 2013.[8]

In November 2016, a limited edition of signed CD single "Times Arrow" was sold at Bramwell's solo live shows, with its profits directed to Macmillan Cancer Support.[9]

Bramwell pre-released his debut full-length debut solo album entitled Leave Alone the Empty Spaces together with live album Live 2016 on 10 November 2017.[10]


  1. ^ Cooper, Tim (13 April 2008). "The brotherhood of I Am Kloot". The Times. London. Retrieved 6 May 2010.
  2. ^ Director Details – Mr John Harold Arnold Bramwell. EU & UK Data Ltd
  3. ^ a b "Preview: I Am Kloot, Carling Academy Liverpool". The Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 20 August 2009.
  4. ^ Taylor, Paul (18 August 2010). "Interview: John Bramwell (I Am Kloot)". News – News and Reviews – Greater Manchester's CityLife. Archived from the original on 31 July 2012.
  5. ^ "I Am Kloot frontman Johnny Bramwell plays Crewe gig". 24 February 2010. Retrieved 10 March 2010.
  6. ^ a b "The greatest albums you've never heard". London: The Guardian. 3 November 2006. Retrieved 20 August 2009.
  7. ^ "You, Me and the Alarm Clock (w/signed print)". John Bramwell Online Store. Townsend Records. Archived from the original on 1 April 2012.
  8. ^ a b "An Evening w/ John Bramwell". (I Am Kloot). 24 January 2014. Archived from the original on 6 February 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  9. ^ - a copy from 2016-11-20
  10. ^ John Bramwell - Leave Alone The Empty Spaces Signed CD + Signed Gatefold LP + Signed Live 2016 CD - TM Stores

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