Jon Finnigan has been playing drums since the young age of 11 and gigging since the age of 13. He was taught extensively by Roger Odell of the 80’s band Shakatak and seasoned session drummer Bob Armstrong. He had completed up to grade 8 for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama by the age of 16. At the age of 17 he studied at Drumtech College in London where he obtained a music diploma.
After graduating from Drumtech in 2001, Jon went on to play with several bands and artists as a session drummer both live and in the studio.
In 2006 Jon played several gigs with the 80’s ska band Bad Manners for a short time before joining as a member of a world/Turkish music act called Oojami. Oojami toured the UK and Europe playing gigs and festivals, one of the highlights being performing at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall with the band.
In March 2012, Jon went on a tour in Australia with UK folk band Ahab. Jon continued playing gigs on their UK return and has played festivals and gigs with the band in the UK and Europe.
In August 2013 Jon started playing with UK post punk band Gang of Four. His first gig with them was at Terraneo Festival in Croatia which was filmed for MTV. Jon continued to gig with the band and was asked by founding member and record producer Andy Gill to record drums on their 2015 album.
Jon is currently playing with several artists and bands, most recently with Ian Gillan (singer from Deep Purple) and Don Airey (keyboardist from Deep Purple) on tour in Russia and Eastern Europe in 2016. He also plays with up and coming indie band RenattaJane and regularly deps for the highly successful function outfit, the RPJ Band.
Jon has also played / recorded with: Simon McBride, Rob Harris (Jamiroquai), Orphan Colours, The Self, Keith Airey (Tom Jones) and Alex Meadows (Tom Jones, Will Young).
When he is not touring or recording, Jon tutors students privately from his drum studio in Gamlingay, Cambridgeshire.