Jo Bywater | Chasing Tales

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Chasing Tales

by Jo Bywater

Acoustic Blues slide guitar meets finger-picking brain food. Raw and finely-crafted. Beauty with a dark twist and soothed with harmonies, melodies and textures. A worthy follow-up to 2010 album Cycle Grace Pulse Break and an expansion of creativity and sound. Released in collaboration with Searching For Dandelions label/collective.
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Album Notes
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 laced with funk and injected with the rusty edge of vocal honesty. Dynamic, rhythmic, tactile, rockin’ poetry.

She independently released her solo acoustic debut album ‘Cycle Grace Pulse Break’ in December 2010. It captures both the whispering gentleness and raw power of Jo’s expression. Bluesy, powerful and crafted. The album is available to buy here, CD Baby and various local Liverpool independent outlets and at live performances. As a result of the excellent reviews from the album Jo has been invited to perform various sessions, a small selection of highlights are: Radio Merseyside, Songs from the Shed, Bob's Folk Show and Roots & Fusion. Her music has also been featured on Folkcast, Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight, The Folk & Blues Show and BBC Introducing.

Chasing Tales provides a worthy follow-up EP to Cycle Grace Pulse Break and is a further development of her already rooted sound. Slide Guitar, harmonica, flute and some beautifully tasty harmonies. The EP has been released in collaboration with Searching for Dandelions Label/Collective.

Jo has played extensively across the UK and is a familiar face on the Liverpool music scene. Festivals include Beverley Folk Festival, Purbeck Folk Festival, Folkstock, London Folk and Roots Festival, Liverpool Music Week, Threshold Festival, International Pop Overthrow, Brighton, London, Liverpool and Manchester Prides, Hope Street Feast and London Vegan Festival.

Jo cut her teeth as a lead guitarist performing in a variety of bands/duos/solo projects: Covers and Originals. From acoustic blues to 80′s and most things inbetween. She has played electric and acoustic, lead and rhythm guitar with a number of original artists as well as performing for their studio recordings and International tours. Her influences, though widely spun, have defined and quenched roots in alternative rock, blues and folk-rock

Album & Live Quotes
‘Singer/songwriter Jo Bywater performs a stylish set of self-penned songs, demonstrating both raw talent and confidence’. - Alan Wilkinson, Northern Sky - Beverley Folk Festival 2013

‘This sparkling and honest musician [ ] is admired for her tenacity, frankness and genuine desire’ – Ian D Hall, Liverpool Sound and Vision – Threshold Festival 2013

'Honest, gritty, tell-it-all sound that evokes the spirit of any number of blues guitarists such as Kelly Joe Phelps or P.J. Harvey's now occasional musical roar and singer songwriters such as the innovative touches reminiscent of early Ani DiFranco..' - Nerve

'Lovely and unsettling at the same time' - Americana UK

'Bywater plays a funky, acoustic, alternative blues like no music you’ve heard before. Her style is one of organic, creative exploration as she looks inside and outside herself equally deeply for inspiration' - R2

'Lyrical witticism and emotional range of voice, combined with some slick strum ‘n’ bass guitar bashing – bristling blues and folk riffs that suddenly withdraw, weaving raw honesty with a flirtatious, dark twang' - Seven Streets

'A hard edged, fiesty collection of guitar driven songs. She seems to be an artist of boundless enthusiam and no mean talent. Raw and dirty around the edges, troubadour blues... that at times look like they are seeking to simply go out there and kick your head in, juxtaposition with a more compassionate, more reflective attitude' FATEA

'The songs expose her empathy with bluesy folk-tunes and portray the singer as a mature artist who knows her flaws and virtues yet knows how to play to the gallery' Folk Radio UK

'The sultry jo Bywater, replete with smoky voice and fine guitar accompaniment, has the look and feel of a certain Alanis Morrisette before money and fame cleaved her inspiration and spirit in two. The powerful Wave is a particular highlight, while One Small Step proves to be a giant leap towards proving that Bywater is currently ensconced within the role she was always born to play' - Bido Lito

'An album of incredible maturity that deserves to be visited and enjoyed no matter how late or by what means you come to this very talented woman' - Liverpool Student Media

If you’re looking for something exciting, challenging and refreshingly honest I recommend you check out Cycle Grace Pulse Break and you will not be disappointed’- The Girls Are



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