Local singer John Quinn gave it a great shot on TV’s The Voice, once again putting the Boro on the map. But not making it through isn’t holding back this city singer.

ESP’s Mikey Clarke caught up with Quinny…

I’ve seen a lot of locals on the television during the last few days. Warwick Davis has been promoting his new theatre project on numerous chat shows, Luke Pasqualino is the star of The Musketeers, and I’m pretty sure that Louis Smith would’ve popped up somewhere. On top of that, Peterborough’s John Quinn appeared on BBC1’s The Voice on Saturday (February 1).

The Voice is a reality television series that features four coaches (Tom Jones,, Kylie Minogue and Ricky Wilson) looking for a talented new artist, who could become a global superstar. The show’s concept is indicated by its title: the coaches do not judge the artists by their looks, personalities, stage presence or dance routines – only their vocal ability.

John Quinn (lead singer of local band, The Fleeting Minds) sang Jake Bugg’s Lightning Bolt. John told me – “I have his album and love it. His songs have been stuck in my head for a long time so when it came to choosing a song, it had to be him. I’ve put my own slant on it though.”

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Unfortunately, John’s performance wasn’t quite enough to get him through to the next round. Ricky Wilson told him – “That was really good and entertaining. I remember hearing Jake Bugg performing that song in a pub in Islington and he blew me away with the track. I don’t feel at this point that I’m ready to be blown away by it again.”

Music legend, Tom Jones, added – “You sang the hell out of that. It’s not that you didn’t do a good job. I felt it was too much like the original. There was nothing wrong with it, it just didn’t feel fresh.”


In my opinion the Judges were wrong – with many singers getting through that didn’t have a voice half as good as John’s. Luckily, he left the show more gracefully than I would have and has no bad feelings towards the judges. He told me – “They all seem amazing people. Will-I-Am is brilliant. We both write and produce songs – completely different songs, but we still have that in common. Tom Jones is simply a legend. Kylie is the princess of pop and rightly so… and looks stunning. Ricky from the Kaiser Chiefs is great – I’m really into his band – which share a similar style to me.

“Before going on the show, I kept thinking who I would go with. I just couldn’t choose.”

fleetingminds_studio-595So, what next for John? “I want to simply get myself out there and have my music heard,” he said. “If I can earn a comfortable living then that would be great. If fame and fortune came from it then that would be an added bonus, but for me, the important thing is the music.”

The Fleeting Minds great new new single Dynamite is due for release on February 2, you can find out more about the band on

John might not be what the judges were looking for in this TV format but he’s a talented guy who can definitely belt out a tune so catch him locally with his band whenever you can.

Mikey Clarke

Photos: The Voice – BBC/Wall to Wall.  The Fleeting Minds – IAMJ Records



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