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

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!

 

Riches to Rags FREE download..

Hey All!

I’m very excited about this whole experience of writing and winning the Judges Award for Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge (Nov 14) and so have decided that the new recording will be available as a free download to anyone who would like to enjoy it for a limited time.

As part of my prize I had the pleasure of recording Riches to Rags with Judge Jon Lawton at Crosstown Studios Liverpool.  We had a chilled and enjoyable session and thus this recording was born.

Big thanks to Liverpool Acoustic and the 3 Judges (Kaya (Balance Vocal), Jon Lawton (Crosstown Studios) & Robert Vincent).

Big smiles from me!

You can download the song from Bandcamp (free or if you want to pay anything that’s up to your discretion) or Soundcloud.

I also played the fab Liverpool Acoustic live on Friday (27th Feb.) as part of an epic line-up (Cousin Jac & Roxanne De Bastion) and the lovely Graham Holland (1 half of Liverpool Acoustic) took this vid of me performing the song …

Enjoy

x

Krossborder Kompilation vol 2

Exciting times…  Last year I was asked to contribute a song to vol 2 of Krossborder Rekords ‘The Best British Blues’ release.  I had just finished writing my slide song ‘Silence Changed’ and so here was the perfect song for the situation.  I had a great time recording the song with Russell Cottier (who also mastered my EP Chasing Tales) and love how it came out.

The CD is set for release on 23rd Feb and is available to buy from the Blues Matters shop here.  It will also be available to buy from me at gigs. 

The CD also contains music from other top Blues artisis/bands – Split Whiskers / The Mighty Boss Cats & Jed Thomas Band to name but a few….

 

 

Blue Blood

Well Helloooo February!

A few months back I was invited into the cover of Blues Matters for their Blue Blood section.  The magazine came out in December and here I am telling tales of my musical journey, my inspiration and songwriting.  Blues Matters does a lot for the British Blues scene and for people like myself who don’t quite fit into a traditional category.

blue blood 2014

 

I also had the pleasure of playing the Blues Matters stage at Jaks this year at Skegness Butlins for the 2015 Great British Rock & Blues Festival. Good times and a great gig to start the year on 🙂  Great opportunity to write some new songs! My set list is growing by the week these days….

The next gig for this year for me is 27th Feb at Liverpool Acoustic 6th Birthday.

See you there!

x

Christmas Come Home., come have a listen :)

Hey all,

A festive update…

Here is Christmas Come Home for your ears 🙂

When I was asked to contribute a song to Searching for Dandelions for this year I admittedly struggled with what angle to approach from., Ultimately I wanted to have fun writing it but the one thing that reins over the festive period is how much of a love/hate relationship people have with it, I love this time of year but often we forget where the root of Christmas comes from, there’s also a lot of sadness for people around this time of year. In ‘Christmas Come Home’ Christmas is a loud/garish/lush of a friend, who eventually I remember why we became friends in the first place.

Here are the lyrics…

Christmas Come Home 

Christmas you come on so strong

Like whisky for breakfast on a work day

Shaking up a winter storm

I see you let yourself in

With your bells and your elves and your reindeer and your relentless seasonal cheer

Well you’re here now come in, make yourself at home

 

Christmas when we were young

You could’ve stayed here all year

But now I’m not so

You’re a little bit overkill

With your red suits and your chocolate boots and you plastic trees and your festive cheese

 You bring a lot of baggage are you staying long?

 

Christmas you’re an old, old friend

And I’m a sucker for your lavish charm

But you’re somewhat an acquired taste

On repeat like a frozen alarm

With your trumpets and drums, your crackers and ‘Noels’

Raising Merry Hell, raising merry hell, raising merry hell

 

Christmas there’s just no room (x 3)

Every year you come too soon

 

Sometimes I forget

When we met

So long ago in the winter oh

Deep in that December

When the seasons change I remember

So long ago in the winter oh

 

You kept me warm in the cold

You gave me light in the dark oh

You kept me warm in the cold

You gave me light in the dark oh

Keep me warm in the cold

Give me light in the dark oh

Keep me warm in the cold

Give me light to behold

 

Come home, come home Christmas

Light the fire, Warm your bones

(x 3)

Come home, come home Christmas

Light the fire, light the fire, light the fire

Come home

 

©2014.  Jo Bywater.

I hope you enjoy it x

Christmas Come Home – 19th Dec – preorder now!

All is revealed!  Bells and Glockenspiels…naturally…

The release date for my new Christmas song ‘Christmas Come Home’ is 19th Dec.  It will be available as digital download from Amazon/iTunes/Spotify/CDBaby.

Pre-order now

It was mixed and mastered by Russell Cottier.  The song is featured with some other great original artists on the festive compilation by Searching For Dandelions A Searching for Dandelions Christmas vol. 3.

Enjoy! 🙂

Jo x