Jonathan Flockton

Senior Lecturer: Popular Music, Postgraduate Studies

Jonathan Flockton


Job title: Principal Lecturer

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Popular), MA Music

Specialisms: Electric guitar, Guitar workshops

Jonathan Flockton (MA Arts, BA Hons, P.G.C.E, L.G.S.M, A.T.C.L) is a Principal Lecturer in music, teaching on the B.A. pop pathway and MA Music course. His teaching specialism is electric guitar one to one and delivering guitar workshops.

He has also led specialist project weeks for the undergraduates, including Classical Guitar for the Electric Guitarist. He is also the tutor for Guitar short courses held at the conservatoire.
He has performed at many of the UK's and Irelands leading festivals with his band Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip, including Glastonbury, Latitude, Electric Picnic Ireland, Edinburgh and Leeds, Grassington, Kendal Calling, Lamar Tree, Wilderness festival, Beat herder, Bath Comedy Festival opening night headline act, Cheltenham Literary Festival, Port Elliot Literary Festival, Stroud Arts Week, and Flatlake Festival Ireland and headling Roots of Steel festival.  Further venues include Brick Lane Art Fair London, Colony Club Soho, Idler London and London Fashion Week, as well as numerous arts centres and other live venues around the country including the Cluny Newcastle, Hootenanny Brixton, Pyramid and Parr Hall Warrington, Colston Hall the Lantern Bristol, Brudenell Social Leeds, Grand Social Ireland, and sold out shows at the Harrison London in 2016 and 2017.

His band gained single of the week in 2016 on B.B.C 6music and received repeated airplay on Gideon Coe’s B.B.C 6music show and Tom Robinson’s B.B.C 6music show in 2017. They were featured as a must see artist in the official Glastonbury Programme in 2016 and received newsprint bands to look out for on the 2017 festival circuit alongside the Foo Fighters and Radiohead.

They have been winners of album of the week on Rock FM, and Comedy Store Manchester talent night winners. They were mentioned as musical highlight of the year 2011 in the Observer newspaper and in Tim Dowland’s Guardian magazine Column.

They have released eight albums two live DVDs, a film about the band was screened at Leeds International Film festival entitled “Who is Mik Artistik?” followed by a live performance at the cinema. The band has also ben  been played on Jarvis Cocker show on Radio 6 Music, Mark Lamar show Radio 2 and Radio Four.
Jonny is also a member of Home of The Brave, winners of an Arts Council and Jazz Yorkshire award to fund a recording of an album released in autumn 2010 followed by a tour. They were a featured on Radio 3’s Jez Nelsons Jazz on 3 show.

In 2017, Jonny received a composer commission from Red Ladder theatre group to write original music for the play Remember the Snow.

Jonny has worked as session guitarist, recording and live performer with many other artists and musicians including B.B.C. introducing artist Fuzzy Jones, contemporary folk artist Emily Levey, the West Yorkshire playhouse production ‘Where’s Vietnam’ written by Chumba Wumba’s Alice Nutter and Boff Whaley, as ‘Travelling Riverside’ featuring best British Blues harmonica winner Jon Burr, and appeared on recordings released here and internationally.
Jonny also plays classical guitar, led specialist project weeks for the undergraduates, entitled Classical guitar for the Electric Guitarist. He attended West Dean International Classical guitar Festival for two years. He has collaborated with classical guitarists and at Music expo 2013 made steps into joining the two approaches of the instrument to aid learning.
In 2015, Jonny completed his Master’s Degree in Music Psychology in Education from Sheffield University. His thesis research area was a study of how musicians from the areas of pop, classical, folk and jazz learn differently.

Jonny has worked on three further research areas:

  • 'Yoga for Musicians’ a series of different exercises for musicians across a range of instruments to develop strength and flexibility,
  • 'Intermediate Plateau’ a book designed to focus on strategies for developing towards a more advanced level of playing and developing on your instrument.
  • 'Alpha-beats’ a series of rhythm styles and genres applicable to all instruments
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