Quiet Power – Stan Ambrose

Today, I would like to pay my respects to Stan Ambrose.  A longstanding host of BBC Radio Merseyside ‘Folkscene’, a Folk Musician and Harpist (that he picked up once retired..) and ever – present on the Liverpool music scene.

I had the pleasure of being invited by Stan on a couple of occasions to be on his show.  This involved an hours worth of conversation interspersed with recordings of my songs.  My first impression was how softly spoken and gentle he was, humble, listening.. We had insightful conversations before we even began recording.  I came out of the whole experience feeling inspired, grounded, listened to and that I’d had opportunities to talk about the spiritual and creative elements of my musical process, what had inspired my choices to play the music I did and what I valued. I felt encouraged and proud of what I do. I have massive thanks to Stan for that experience to connect with someone who values pushing the boundaries in creativity, this also helped me to reconnect with my own values of why, how and what I do.

I find this anchor when I get caught up in the superficial sides of music and ego.

Ever – grateful.

RIP Stan. Thank you for the inspiration and connection.  You have influenced many people  xxxx

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Stan Ambrose

 

Guitar lesson slots available – July 2016

Hi All,

Most of you will know I teach guitar and have done for quite a few years now..

I have some slots for lessons available at the moment due to some of my long term students relocating and going off to University.  Although I am very sorry to see them go, I am also very happy and proud that we have some talented musicians developing.  The last few years have been dedicated, fun and interesting with me learning as many lessons as them…as ever.

For those interested in lessons or knowing of anyone who may be in the Liverpool area please message me for further information, to book a lesson or feel free to browse the website – www.jobywaterguitartuition.com

I look forward to hearing from you and starting a musical journey!

 

Thank you

Jo

Gig tomorrow @ Everyman Bistro, Liverpool

Last minute reminder! 

I will be performing tomorrow evening at 10-10.35pm as part of Acoustic Underground in the Everyman Bistro, Liverpool.

Also on the line-up is fellow Liverpool songwriter Mark Poutney.

The event starts at 8pm with open mic slots and is free entry.

I’m excited to be going along and airing some new tunes and  I look forward to seeing some friendly faces!

Jo x

Recording! new songs – new album

Hello!

I have now started recording my second album.  I’ve spent the last year in my creative cave, gathering enough songs that I can be excited and proud of to put together worthy of an album. 12 songs in total, yes!  I made it.

Admittedly I got a teeny bit waylayed as I spent time on some amazing collaborations with other artists (Bowker, Tiki Black, Operation Lightfoot) and also had the pleasure of playing guitar on the Kwalaparla album Break the man.  I have also acquired a small collection of commissioned pieces for BBC Radio Merseyside Pure Musical Sensations show (Anyone Who Had a Heart (yes, a Cilla cover…), Always Feel Like Home & Faith on Hope st.).

Admittedly…………..I also got a bit more waylayed as I entered into a personal mission to get fit (Crossfit / Running / Hiking / Mountain biking) and eat clean, get some decent sleep, early mornings and drink less..(much less)…so, rock n roll….I know,  but I feel amazing…..  and…it feels GOOD!

But now….I’m ready.  In motion.

So I have a little quick video to share with you that I’ve just recorded at home as a taster of what’s to come.  The album is pretty much a mixture of acoustic  guitar and slide guitar songs.  Some solo, some with guests 🙂 I’m excited.

But for now….

Enjoy x

 

 

 

In Situ. – Light Night Liverpool

Good Afternoon!

The latest from my creative journey…..

I was asked a couple of months ago to be involved in this and I’m made up to be included in the commissions for part of tonight’s Light Night Liverpool.

In writing a song for ‘In Situ‘ I wrote ‘Faith on Hope st.‘ to go with the suitcases installation  (A Case History)  and surrounding area on Hope st./Mount st.

I’ve had some good / bad / drunk / sober / hilarious and inspirational times in the area…so there was plenty of inspiration to draw from, such a mixed bag and important area of the City.

All of the tracks for the project are downloadable for people now ready to go on an audio tour around Liverpool this evening.  People will be meeting at 9pm, Anglican Cathedral tonight and experiencing the expressions of local musicians to evoke the chosen places around the city.  

In Situ.  Audio downloads

Please, also download the audio even if you can’t make this evening and would just like to indulge in some Liverpool inspired songwriting!

Enjoy x

Liverpool Acoustic Festival – 19/03/16

Hey all,..

Lots of squirreling little plans going on here that I’m excited about for 2016.

Creative, collaborative, proactive..

The most immediate is my involvement in Liverpool Acoustic Festival.  This is a weekend packed full of acoustic artists held in Unity Theatre and Philharmonic Music Rooms.  I’m made up to be on a line – up with lots other fantastic artists including Marcus Bonfanti and Dave O’Grady.  The festival runs all weekend but my performance is on Sat 19th March in The Music Room – Philharmonic, I’ll be on at 7.15pm and will be road testing some new tunes.. Get your tickets.

I’m also very honoured to be invited as part of a panel discussion with Liverpool Acoustic at Unity Theatre at 5pm – 6pm on the subject ‘Female Is Not A Genre’..This, I believe has sprung from a very well written piece by songwriter Roxanne De Bastion last year.  I’m in good company for this sitting alongside Roxanne De Bastion, Kaya Herstadt Carney and Eleanor Nelly.

I hope to see some of you there!

Other news on the collaborative front is my co-written track ‘Sharks’ with Operation Lightfoot (Luke Moore)… the track is now recorded and finished and sent for mastering.  I’m excited, really excited about this track from beginning to end.  It was great to be asked, to work with Luke and Jon (Crosstown Studios), to perform with other Lightfooters and now just to hear the finished product puts a big smile on my face.  I loved working with strings on this one! I will be making some noise when it’s release time….

I’ll also be making some noise soon…. All will be revealed in due course!

 

Until then, stay creative and with your heart

x

Music for Empty Spaces

Happy November folks 🙂

A couple of months ago I was invited by Roger Hill from ‘The Popular Music Show’ at Radio Merseyside to contribute a song to the Empty Spaces project.   I love a good excuse to write a song and flex those muscles so was very happy to serve up my creative offering.

The project was to write music to invoke / express spaces in Liverpool that are run down and not in use, or in use but how do they feel when they are empty…

For me, I immediately thought of the Atrium in LIPA, a place where I spent much time as a student, a place that many many others have also experience.  It has such a potent atmosphere that I couldn’t resist.   My song is called ‘Always feel like home’.  The show was aired last night.

Jo Bywater – Always Feel Like Home – Music for Empty Spaces Project

A whole host of musicians were involved in this project and you can here their offering here…

Music for Empty Spaces 

Jo x

Operation Lightfoot: studio times & Bay TV

2 fab things to sing about today!

Amazing studio time was had last Friday with Luke Moore and Jon Lawton at Crosstown Studios Liverpool. We began the recording of our song ‘Sharks’ for the Operation Lightfoot project.  For this we decided I would be kept away from the guitar, so, guitar skills are by Luke, my vocals and harmonica are currently in place in this dark little number.  The thing that has MOST excited me about this is the strings.  THE STRINGS.  I can’t wait to share this with everyone once it’s finished!

 

 

AND

Last month I went along to visit Bay TV Liverpool and recorded a live session of 3 songs (Riches to Rags / Graze / Chopping Wood) in their TV studio.  Really chilled experience and I’m really happy with the final outcome.  The session was aired over the weekend and below is the vid for you to peruse at your leisure.  You’ll find me on Episode 46 The first half is Daniel Saleh and at 11m34s you’ll find me ready to go… Enjoy!  x

 

Bluebird at the Bluecoat and other creative catch-ups!

Hello!

The last few months for me has been very creative/collaboratively swayed and I’ve had a lot of fun in the process…

Here is a bitesize update of some selective things I’ve been involved in and more will follow!

The most recent venture for me is happening this Saturday at Bluecoat Liverpool.  I entered a songwriting competition a few months ago that was being run by Monkey Mind Productions in Nashville.  After putting forward 3 of my songs I was picked as a finalist for a masterclass and songwriting feedback session taking place at Bluecoat under the banner ‘Bluebird at the Bluecoat’.  We are given the opportunity to perform a song for the visiting Nashville songwriters/industry professionals and Bob Harris.  I’m very excited (and a teeny bit nervous….:) but good nerves for sure).  More to come on this……!

Check out the details here..  http://monkeymindproductions.net/the-bluebird-at-the-bluecoat/

BIG CLOUD:  Earlier this month I went to visit Big Cloud Productions to be interviewed and perform songs for their excellent podcast.  The man in charge is Steve Stroud.  We had a great time., he asked some really interesting questions and we chatted guitar and music geek for at least a couple of hours and over about 4 cups of coffee 🙂 We also discovered we were playing music in New England at the same time a few years ago!    I managed to squeeze in 7 songs.  Here is the vid for this, enjoy:

ROOTS & FUSION:  In the below link you can hear my latest session with Roots & Fusion.  Always a pleasure to work with Rick and Aaron.  Great session from June this year! (2015)

BREAK THE MAN: July saw the finished album that I had the pleasure of playing guitar, harmonica and backing vocals on, as well as designing the cover. This was ‘Break the Man by Kwalaparla’. A Western theme featuring gallows and heartbreak. Here’s a fab and deserved review by FATEA Mag.

http://www.fatea-records.co.uk/magazine/2015/KwalaParla.html

Coming up next week is my time to visit Bay TV in Liverpool and play some songs in their studio! More updates and links on that when it’s done and out.

I’ll be back with more updates as they come in and to fill in the blanks from the last couple of months 🙂

Bye for now.

Jo x

Folkscene & Bluebird Cafe comp!

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to go to Radio Merseyside and record an hour-long interview with Liverpool harp legend and all round good ‘un Stan Ambrose for his show Folkscene.  I always have a great and interesting chat with Stan on creativity and songwriting.

Here’s the link to playback for the next 3 weeks.  After that I will add it to my Soundcloud account..

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02jv9j6

And and and…

I have also managed to be picked as one of the 20 songwriters invited to go to group songwriting workshops with visiting Nashville songwriters and music industry execs on their visit to Bluecoat, Liverpool for The Bluebird Cafe event on 29th August.

http://monkeymindproductions.net/the-bluebird/

Exciting, creative times!