SongVault Artist Profile
Merseyside, United Kingdom
Alternative Folk / New Acoustic
Yorkshire-born, Liverpool-based singer-songwriter Jo Bywater assumes the form of an innovative and inspired musical force. Solo and acoustic, her tunes are an infection of tasty riffs and blues rawness. A melting pot of styles and influence laced with funk and injected with the rusty edge of vocal honesty. Dynamic, rhythmic, tactile, rockin’ poetry.
Her influences, though widely spun, have defined and quenched roots in alternative rock, blues and folk-rock. Ranging from Stevie Ray Vaughan, Blind Melon, Pearl Jam, Nuno Bettencourt and Red Hot Chili Peppers to more recent song writing appreciation in Neil Young, Jeff Buckley, Fiona Apple and Ani DiFranco.
Jo has played extensively across the UK and is a familiar face on the Liverpool music scene. Festivals include a succession of Liverpool Music Weeks, International Pop Overthrow, Brighton, London, Liverpool and Manchester Prides, Hope Street Feast and London Vegan Festival.
Jo has been involved as a co-organiser in various events over the last few years, the most recent being Big Her Night, a charity evening to celebrate International Womens Day and Rock the Lane.
She currently also ventures out with her band Jo Bywater & The Cool Waves.
Her solo acoustic debut album ‘Cycle Grace Pulse Break’, released in December 2010, captures both the whispering gentleness and raw power of Jo’s expression. Bluesy, powerful and crafted. The album is available to buy through Jo’s website, various local independent outlets and at live performances.
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