Jon Raven

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Jon Raven
Cardiff, Wales
  • Author
  • Musician
RelativesMichael Raven (brother)

Jon Raven (1940–2015) was an English author and musician.


Jon Raven was the brother of author and musician Michael Raven, and father of the late Ministry and Killing Joke bassist Paul Raven,[1] and Gundogs bassist Daniel Raven. Raven was born in Wales and educated at Wolverhampton Municipal Grammar School. His wife was Kate, of Tettenhall, Wolverhampton. Alongside brother, Michael, Jon formed a Wolverhampton folk music group before producing many records and books and having numerous television and radio appearances. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1996 and died in August 2015 at Compton Hospice in Wolverhampton.[2]


Raven is the author of several non-fiction books, the majority related to Black Country history, customs, folklore and music and on industry typical of the Black Country area such as coal mining and nail making.

His books include "The Folklore and Songs of the Black Country Colliers", "Customs of the Black Country", and "Aynuk's First Black Country Waerd Book".


  • "Folklore and Songs of the Black Country and West Midlands Volume I" – Wolverhampton Folk Song Club, 1965
  • "Folklore and Songs of the Black Country and West Midlands Volume II" – Wolverhampton Folk Song Club, 1966
  • "Folklore and Songs of the Black Country and West Midlands Volume III" – Wolverhampton Folk Song Club, 1967
  • "Kate of Coalbrookdale" – 1971
  • "Songs of a Changing World" – Ginn & Co., 1972
  • "Canal Songs" – 1974
  • "Turpin Hero" – 1974
  • "The Nailmakers" – The Black Country Society, 1975
  • "The Rigs of the Fair: Popular Sports and Pastimes in the Nineteenth Century through Songs, Ballads and Contemporary Accounts (Resources of Music)" – Cambridge University Press, 1976
  • "The Urban and Industrial Songs of the Black Country and Birmingham" – Broadside Books, 1977
  • "The Folklore of Staffordshire (The folklore of the British Isles)" – Batsford, 1978
  • "Victoria's Inferno: Songs of the Old Mills, Mines, Manufactories, Canals and Railways" – Broadside Books, 1978
  • "Tales from Aynuk's Black Country" – Broadside Books, 1978
  • "Aynuk's First Black Country Waerd Book" – Broadside Books, 1978
  • "Aynuk's Second Black Country Waerd Book" – Broadside Books, 1979
  • "Black Country Songs and Rhymes: v. 1" – Broadside Books, 1979
  • "Theodore" – 1984
  • "Black Country and Staffordshire: Stories, Customs, Superstitions, Tales and Folklore" – Broadside Books, 1986
  • "Customs of the Black Country" – Broadside Books, 1987
  • "The Book of the Black Country" – Broadside Books, 1988
  • "Tettenhall" – Broadside Books, 1989
  • "The Folklore and Songs of the Black Country Colliers" – Broadside Books, 1990
  • "Folklore and Songs of the Black Country and West Midlands" – Wolverhampton Folk Song Club


Raven was a member of folk trio The Black Country Three along with brother Michael Raven and Derek Craft. They recorded their self-titled debut album in 1966 for Transatlantic.[3] Following this, Raven produced several solo and group CDs.

He has performed on the following albums:

  • The Black Country Three by The Black Country Three (1966)
  • Jon Raven & The Halliard by Jon Raven & The Halliard (Nic Jones, Dave Moran & Nigel Paterson) (1968) (Later reissued on CD with "The Jolly Machine")
  • Kate of Coalbrookdale by Jon Raven, Michael Raven and Jean Ward (1971)[4]
  • Ballad of the Black Country by Jon Raven, John Kirkpatrick, David Oxley and Mike Billington (1975)
  • Steam Ballads by Jon Raven, Harry Boardman, Kempion, and Tony Rose (1977)
  • Fragile Life by Jon Raven, supported by Daniel Raven and Gavin Monaghan (1995)[5]


  1. ^ "Oscar hope for music of star Raven". Express and Star. 8 February 2010. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Writer Jon was steeped in the Black Country". Wolverhampton Chronicle. 20 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Black Country Three". Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  4. ^ "Folk catalogue's blog". Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  5. ^ Joan Mills. "Michael Raven – Collector's Corner". Retrieved 12 September 2012.