John Lennon McCullagh is living up to his famous name, O2 Academy

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he Doncaster wunderkind has already played in exalted company but he is about to embark on his own headline tour of the UK and Europe, starts in Sheffield at the 02 onThursday.

The 16-year-old singer-songwriter is endorsed by Oasis guru Alan McGee who signed him to his 359 label.

“He was was spotted by Alan McGee when he was 14 in a pub in Rotherham,” explains dad John McCullagh who has known him over the years during his own music career. “He was playing Bob Dylan covers and McGee told him to go away and write his own songs and the rest, as they say, is history,”

John recorded his debut album, North South Divide, at Yellow Arch Studios in Sheffield with McGee producing it. John has gone on to support Richard Hawley and Babyshambles (twice each), Paul Heaton, The Strypes and Alabama 3, among others.

Alabama 3 in fact produced and play on John’s new single, Towerland Lullaby, which is due for release next month on 359 Music.

McGee recently had kind things to say about John Lennon McCullagh: “He 16 years old and is working on his second album. People slag off kids for being wasters. Well, John just writes songs daily and gigs every second night. He is getting better all the time. There is no songwriting team behind him, just the love of his parents who manage him. Total respect!”

It would seem to vindicate giving him Lennon for a middle name “I said with a name like that he’s either going to get into serious trouble or do great things,” said John senior, “and I’m pleased to say it’s the latter.”