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

news! Gigs & Collaborations & Chrimbo songs

Just  a quick update before Christmas REALLY kicks in!

1) I have an incredible gig coming up for my first of 2015.  It is a real honour for me to be invited by Blues Matters Magazine to perform on their JAKS stage at The Great British Rock & Blues Festival in Skegness on 25th Jan.  I will be performing a 1 hour set at 1.15pm on the Sunday 🙂

Here is the poster for the event., if you can make it please come along!

BUTLINS-JAKS STAGE-ROCK-AND-BLUES-FOR WEB AND FACEBOOK ETC-PIC_1200X1200 (3)

 

2) I’ve done two ace collaborations recently, both very, very different!

I performed and recorded backing vocals and guitar on a beautiful track by Songwriter Tiki Black called Free Like Smoke..

This will be available to buy on 15th Decemer.

Also as of 24th November the excellent concept album Sail to the Deep by Bowker was available to purchase.  I composed/sang vocals for this on The Dream (Valentina pt 2)

 

Aaaaand 3)…. last but not least! 

I have my very own Christmas song coming out called Christmas Come Home as part of Searching For Dandelions Christmas vol. 3.   It is written, ready, the artwork is done and I will be back with a confirmed release date..

 

What a year 🙂 x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay busy create keep warm!

This month has been creative and busy.  Keep moving keep warm 🙂

A few weeks ago I mentioned I had been asked to provide vocals for the fab band Bowker.  These guys have written a concept album called Sail to the Deep and needed someone to be their ‘Valentina’.  I was really honoured to be asked, it was also a pretty big challenge but very exciting! I have never just provided vocals before and for this one it was also vocals with no words…so…listen I did…over and over to the amazing atmospheric chunky guitar/bass/drum track they sent me.   After I felt I’d suitably absorbed the music I started to get a feel for the character and it was a lot of fun singing my heart out for this.

Bowker album sleeve

The launch was a few weeks ago at Lomax, Liverpool and I went along to perform. Cracking night.  Here are a couple of pics.

me as 'Valentina'

me as ‘Valentina’

 

The song was included on the Roots and Fusion radio show last week so for a listen head over to the mixcloud 🙂

The album is released in November.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another guest appearance for me came in the form of Tiki Black. Tiki is a fantastic songwriter and though we have crossed paths at gigs and she has also been very supportive of my music, we had not yet worked together.  Tiki asked me a couple of months ago if I would play some guitar on her track ‘Free Like Smoke’.  It’s a beautiful song and when I had a closer listen I could really hear some vocal harmonies in there too.  So, I jumped in and had a play.  Luckily for me that was appreciated…. The track sounds great and I will update when and where this will be available once I know.  This was also featured on Roots & Fusion and can be heard here.

SUMMER STUFF– Over the summer I had lots of fun playing at various festivals.  One of which was on my doorstep at the Sefton Park Food & Drink Festival.   I had the opportunity  to combine my two favourite things of coffee and music and played at the Liverpool  Live TV/Quills Coffee stage.  LLTV were ace enough to wield their video skills and recorded my song Woollen Hearts…

and finally…..

This weekend I discovered that my song Sun shines under water (from Chasing Tales EP) was included on Tom Robinson’s MIXTAPE (BBC6 Music Introducing.. Fresh on the Net): I have been lucky enough over the last year to have 2 other songs (Chopping Wood & This Garden) from the EP also featured on the show.  It’s a top resource for independent musicians and I’m very proud.

That’s it for now!  You’ll find me walking around in the Autumn air finding inspiration for new songs.

 

x

Collaborations #1 – Bowker!

I was very excited to be asked to lay down a vocal track for Bowker a few months ago.   One of the biggest musical challenges I’ve undergone, possibly!  and the first time I’ve been required as just a vocalist… no words either 🙂 This great band from Southport – have an impending album launch to be held at Lomax, Liverpool on 11th October, at which I’ll be making an appearance.   Keep your ears open for the track as it becomes available!

The album is called Sail to the Deep and from what I’ve heard will be a chunky riffs power trio collection of musical delights.  They are releasing through Searching For Dandelions, the very same which I released Chasing Tales through.  Well worth a check out!

Bowker 2014 @ Vagrant Studios, Southport

 

Jo x