Artists and Bands who performed at Blue Mountains Music Festival 2019
Graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium in 2017, with First Class Honours and the University Medal, Brisbane vocalist Jo Davie has burst onto the scene as runner-up for this year’s Folk Alliance Young Artist of the Year. At the Conservatorium, Jo was mentored by renowned vocal pedagogue Dr Irene Bartlett (teacher to Katie Noonan & Megan Washington) and by celebrated Australian jazz vocalist, Kristin Berardi. Utilising this training, Jo explores the boundaries of her own voice as a powerful instrument, channelling jazz styles into her original folk music with impressive versatility. Whether performing her own songs, soaring above her raucous gypsy jazz band Cigány Weaver or even lending her voice to a national ad campaign, she sings with heartfelt simplicity, technical skill and an intriguing talent for story-telling. Just this year, her performance career has already taken her inter-state, gaining her fans in Melbourne, Cairns, Canberra and Adelaide.
Jo’s delicately crafted original music has been moving from strength to strength since 2017. She was awarded the Lord Mayor’s City Hall Concert Award for her compelling performance in the Brisbane City Council’s QUBE Effect competition. She also sold out her debut band show, supported by folk-cellist Monique Clare (who is currently touring with The Mae Trio). And just recently, she was a recipient of the 2018 Audrey Recording Initiative, scoring a two-day recording session in Melbourne with award-winning producer, Anna Laverty (engineer for Kate Miller-Hiedke, Nick Cave and Tinpan Orange).
Alongside her originals project, she takes on the role of lead vocalist for the energetic gypsy jazz band, Cigány Weaver. In this band, she has performed at Woodford Folk Festival (QLD) 2016/2017, Wallaby Creek Festival (FNQ) 2017, and Cullulleraine Music Festival (SA) 2018 to great acclaim. Under her own name, Jo has showcased her music at The National Folk Festival (ACT) 2018 and will appear at both the Bello Winter Music Festival (QLD) and the Tablelands Folk Festival (FNQ) this year. Graced with jazz sensibilities, exceptional vocal technique and a four-octave range, singer-songwriter Jo Davie offers up genuine story-telling, hoping to put a little bit of herself into every song she sings.