Thursday, 18 August 2022

Home-grown artist making a mark with blues performances

VOTED this year’s winner of the female artist of the year at the British Blues Awards, Jo Harman is certainly

VOTED this year’s winner of the female artist of the year at the British Blues Awards, Jo Harman is certainly making a name for herself.

Harman, a singer/songwriter and bandleader, has received critical acclaim throughout Europe for her live performances, including write-ups in the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Express and the Daily Mirror, describing her as the “finest female blues singer in the UK”.

Emerging initially as a ‘word of mouth’ independent, Harman played more than 100 UK and European festival gigs in the first two years of her career, including prestigious slots at the likes of Cheltenham and Edinburgh Jazz Festivals.

During this time she played coveted support slots for the likes of Cranberries, Don McLean, Mick Hucknall and Johnny Winter.

Harman was one of only 12 otherwise household name artists (Bob Geldof and Sinead O’Connor to name but two) appearing at Parkpop in the Hague, performing to more than 300,000 people.

She also appeared on prime time European TV and mainstream radio, as well as making three appearances within six months at the world famous Paradiso, Amsterdam.

Harman’s 2013 debut album Dirt On My Tongue received remarkable critical acclaim and no little commercial success making various of ‘best of’ lists and awards, internationally, including being named ‘international blues album of the year’ by Proper Music Distributors.

She subsequently signed to V2 (stable mates include Adele, Mumford and Sons, Queens of the Stone Age) in Europe and the album entered the Netherlands album charts.

Harman has recently released a new album, Jo Harman and Company — Live At The Royal Albert Hall recorded by the BBC.

To cap that she and her band have been nominated for four awards in this year’s British Blues Awards, including best singer and best songwriter. Harman counts a variety of musical styles as her inspiration and her performances with her band include soul, ballads and rock songs in a mix of original and well-known tracks.

She will appear at Norden Farm, Maidenhead on Friday, January 30. Tickets £10 advance from the box office on 01628 788997 or online at jo-harman

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