Chopping Wood vid / Reviews / 6Music & Gigs

The last days of November and teetering on the beginning of my fave month of the year! Chasing Tales EP has been out for 2 whole months now and I’ve had some cracking feedback so far!  Have a look at the reviews here, I’m so happy to say the least. Much of it has been along the lines of- ‘great EP!, when’s the album coming out!’.., inspiring to say the least and to those who have asked that I’m already writing…

My immediate plans are to get out and about and do a  good run of gigging this new material. I have been doing my musician admin duties to the fullest since the release and I have a gig list here and I’m adding to it all the time.  If I’m not coming near you and you have ideas of venues please give me a shout and I’ll see what I can do!

2013-14 Chasing Tales gigs - more to come

Last weekend we got some people together and made a video for my song Chopping Wood.  I teamed up with the excellent Andrew Ab who is clocking up quite a portfolio of videos by some fantastic artists.  We made a campfire and ate burned marshmellows and it was great fun, even having a pink face from being so hot! The vid will be out before Xmas.

Chopping Wood vid shoot day 1

Chopping Wood has also being picked by Tom Robinson for play on his Mixtape show on BBC 6Music over the next week or two.  It was whittled down and included in Fresh Faves Batch 85 and had a little climb from there.

I’ve had great news of things to come which I will divulge in good time.

Until December is in full swing enjoy the warm up to the end of the year and the beginning of the new.  Soak up the Autumn.  Head over to pick up / download your copy of Chasing Tales at Bandcamp/Amazon/iTunes/CDBaby and if you are looking for a great prezzy for someone I highly recommend it.

Speak soon

Jo

Festive videos and Happy New Year

Last post of the year for me just before I run off to do my Christmas shopping and prepare for indulgences!

I’ve had a great year.  Many trips out from Bob’s Folk Show in Jan,  Songs from the Shed in June, Roots and Fusion session in Sept and the London Folk and Roots Festival in October.

The year has drawn to a close with me enjoying writing and recording some new songs and a nod to festive spirit in my first ever Christmas song:  Little Christmas (Chasing Fairy Lights).  The song birthed when I was asked to be a part of a Christmas album of independent artists by Andy Jones who plays in a fab duo called Just By Chance.  Andy’s record label Searching For Dandelions released the album in December and it is available to download and is called A Searching for Dandelions Christmas 2.

To add a further sprinkling of festive to my tune myself and the very special Blythe Cooper drew up and created a stop motion animation video of cuteness to warm the cockles on those cold winter days.  The video and song have had some great support of which I massively appreciate 🙂

 

cover artwork to the festive tune by Jo Bywater

cover artwork to the festive tune by Jo Bywater

I hope you all have a fab festive time and best of luck for the new year.  I shall see you in 2013 with a renewed and ever more enhanced creative spirit.

Until then 🙂

Jo x

Songs from the Shed session now online

I had a fab time when I headed to Clevedon to meet Jon Earl and record my 3 songs in the shed.  There has been some amazing talent in the shed before me and it was an honour to be involved.  The videos are now online! www.songsfromtheshed.com

I recorded Wave, Scratch the Surface and Disclaimer….all now on the vid page, all now online.  Enjoy 🙂

Jo x

We made a video for Disclaimer

A few months ago I decided I’d like to do a video project for another one of my songs (making the video for ‘Wave’ was such a success and lots of fun with my friends at Soundworx Media). Seeing at ‘Disclaimer’ is a well-loved favourite at gigs it was a no-brainer.   I sent a message out into the ether and after meeting a few potential Videographers I decided Mr Dominic Boyle was to be the one….

Dom is a recent graduate from Edge Hill University. Armed with his awesome camera and a few meetings in Bold St Coffee, we headed out into the streets/coffee shops/parks of Liverpool and thus ‘Disclaimer’ aquired visuals. Dom has been a superstar to work with and it was a great experience.

You can find him in these places: 
Youtube – Poetry in motion: Vocal Media
dom.f.boyle@gmail.com

Have a look and see where we got to in the vid! 

Jo x

Bywater goes to the London

After muchos giggage in Liverpool over the last year I’ve not really devoted much time to head out of this Scouse City and soak up any Southern culture… this be changing as I spread my musical wares to the London. I be playing a gig with Rudi Douglas and Owen Duff at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern on Thurs 22nd September as part of the night SONG.

The last month has been great in terms of gigs playing at: Above the Beaten Track festival, Mathew st festival,  Grateful Freds and support to Daniel Martin Moore in the Scandinavian Church…to name a few..awesome

Last week also saw the launch of Soundworx Media in Liverpool. Two good friends of mine who also made the video to my song WAVE

See ya in the London!

x

Under the influence

After a week of gigs and my mate from Unis hen-do thrown in for good measure I’m quite thankful that this week is a little bit more chilled. Catch up on some sleep and a little bit of detox all around.  Actually looking back i feel like its been MUCH longer than a week but all for good reasons!  I played the fab Mash Gallery in St. Helens, Festival Express (which is perfectly on my doorstep and i got to proof my Rolling Stones covers..), Lark Lane Healing day (where i got some amazing soup and a lovely family audience for a change) and Under the Influence…Rolling Stones @ Studio 2 (hosted by the fab Kaya). It’s the first time in aaaages I’ve played any covers (and i’m not amazing at remembering my own lyrics nevermind other peoples..even if it is the Rolling Stones).. The tunes I settled on playing in the end were ‘Paint it Black’ and ‘Gimme Shelter’ after a little Facebook call-out for suggestions.  I went for making them a bit more my own as opposed to straight up covers….check ’em out!

Paint it Black

The rest of the weeks good news comes in the form of 2 very favourable reviews….

New Reviews & Folk Radio

I also had my pic and part of an interview in this edition Nerve Mag Liverpool. Cheers to Sebastian and the rest of the Nerve crew.

i’m now heading off to learn the guitar solo for Master of Puppets for one of my guitar students…..did i say my week was more chilled out…..

Rock n Metal

Jo x