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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revamp, Songwriting, Radio & gigs 2015

This weekend whilst I was soaking up the vibe of Halloween, Day of the Dead and trying to write a Christmas song I also took it upon myself to update my website.  It’s still a gradual work-in-progress but is now much snazzier and more organised 🙂 ACHIEVED!

To celebrate this, I bring news..

Last month was the return of Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge.  I had intended to enter this for  a couple of years now but 2014 was the year I actually put it into action.  The challenge was to go to View Two Gallery in town (Liverpool) and pick a piece of artwork to write about.  This was a really interesting undertaking for me as I haven’t written many songs in this way before.  I enjoyed it a lot and here is my offering below.  I have been selected as one of the 10 finalists and will be performing at the finals on 21st November at View Two Gallery, Liverpool.  There are some really strong contenders among the other finalists and it will be a great night. So…if you fancy, come along and see what’s going on!

 

In gig news…. I have been confirmed as a performer at January’s Great British Rock & Blues Festival in Skegness.  This is very exciting for me!  I will be doing an hour long show on Sunday 25th Jan on Blues Matters stage @ 1.15 – 2.15 pm.   Hope to see you there!

 

Finally…Last week marked the return of the one and only Bob’s Folk Show.  Bob was one of the first to hear/play my debut album Cycle Grace Pulse Break in 2010 and has been an encouragement ever since.  His show is always a great listen of folk and roots artists and the first one (including my track Chopping Wood), can be heard here..The show is every Tuesday at 9pm., go and check him out. 

 

That’s all for now…stay warm and creative!

Jo x

Chopping Wood video / Tom Robinson / Folkstock Xmas & Blues Matters

Hello All!

Swishing into December are we, doing whatever each of us likes to do or not do! 🙂 Me personally I like to leisurely drink coffee and stay in where its warm..

Busy times musically!

First up.  Last month we filmed a vid over two days to compliment my crowd favourite Chopping Wood.  This song has been making people happy.  So I contacted the fab Mr Andrew Ab and he sent the finished product to me this week and I couldn’t wait to share it.. I suggest sitting yourself down with a brew and taking 4 mins..(until the end of the song of course) and soaking up this little visual delight.   I’m really happy with it and so seem those who have thus far seen it..and who can say more than that.

Secondly.  Last month Chopping Wood was picked by the one and only  BBC 6 Musics Tom Robinson for his Fresh on the Net blog.  I then was emailed an excellent message to say the same song had been selected for Tom’s BBC Introducing Mixtape show.   Happy?  Well..just a little bit 🙂 Here’s the show that went out with my song on it!

http://freshonthenet.co.uk/2013/12/mixtape20131202/

The Fresh on the Net site is also an amazing resource for musicians looking for tips on how to optimise their opportunities..

Third. Last weekend I headed down to Hertford Corn Exchange to perform as part of the Folkstock Christmas show.  I did the festival in the Summer and I can’t recommend it enough for the future.  I was treated extremely well and the acts were all top quality. Last sunday was a full day of free music.  Check out these guys if you can and keep an eye on the festival for the future!

Pic from the day by Helen Meissner..who also took some vid footage and made an awesome compilation here…. as well as being the boss of Folkstock!

Hertford Corn Exchange pic by Helen Meissner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

definitely not least… one day last week whilst browsing the internet I came across this little gem..

Blues Matter Charts Nov 2013 Chasing Tales

If you cast your eyes to the bottom you will see what made me happy 🙂

Blues Matters is a great mag featuring all things blues and somethings that push the boarder of traditional blues.  I like this ethos a lot being that my music is not especially traditional to any genre.  These guys have reviewed my EP and it is in the current issue with favourable words.  Once I have my copy I shall be posting a picture of the review.

Until next time enjoy this time of year however you need to!  Many good vibes from me and if you’re looking for gift inspiration I would recommend my EP Chasing Tales…. naturally!

Jo x