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Jo Harman Headlines Chelsea Under the Bridge 21 January

In an increasing ‘music by numbers’ world how refreshing to see a line up of not one, not two, but three ‘best in class’ artists of rare credibility and sincerity when US Grammy Winner Mike Farris, UK Soul/Blues/Roots Diva Jo Harman share a double bill at Fulham’s prestigious Under The Bridge venue, for London Blues Festival, supported by upcoming Northern Irish blues/roots protégé, Dom Martin.

JOINT HEADLINERS JO HARMAN (UK) AND (EXTENDED) BAND/ MIKE FARRIS (USA)
Widely regarded as Europes most credible – and indeed, uncompromising, artists – Jo Harman has been described by the Daily Mirror as ‘UK’s best female blues/soul voice’. An artist who, according to Classic Rock, writes ‘lip bitingly beautiful songs’ whilst Blues Magazine aptly report ‘Harman’s music, not least as transmitted by that voice, simply mainline the human soul’.  With an enviable CV main stage at some of the world’s best Festivals and venues, Harman many industry fans include Rag N Bone (‘one of our finest talents’), Huey Morgan (‘sometimes you hear a voice that leaves you speechless…I am!’) and Michael McDonald (‘hearing Jo sing is a spiritual experience‘). Indeed, McDonald offered to duet with Harman on her masterwork ‘People We Become’ album – no little kudos from a man whose previous female duet partners numbered Aretha, Joni, Carly, Patti and Chaka (surnames not required!). As roots bible ‘No Depression’ remarked ‘other critics have made comparisons with Joni Mitchell and Carole King – this is not hyperbole, there is something very special here’. A Jo Harman performance can often be less of a musical concert, more an emotional adventure.

Tennessee’s Mike Farris is another ‘one of a kind’ talent . A talent that was rewarded with a Grammy for his ‘Shine For All The People’ which was followed with the equally revered ‘Silver and Stone’ album of last year. Mixing gospel, rock, soul, blues and more, Farris is a true powerhouse performer of whom Rolling Stone declared ‘(his) supersized voice (is) filled with the electricity of Saturday night and the godly grace of Sunday mornings’.  UK’s own respected elder and tastemaker Bob Harris advises “I truly believe that Mike Farris is one of the great artists of today. He sings the truth with a depth of feeling that warms my heart and touches my soul” whilstAmerican Songwriter Magazine confirm “There aren’t many current male singers who use their voices to soar, float and deliver material with the spiritual commitment of Mike Farris”. A reformed addict (sober now for several years) Farris has faced down his own demons and embraced his personal angels in equal measure and these experiences inform and underpin his uniquely sincere and heartfelt voice and musical message to inimitable effect.  

SPECIAL GUEST DOM MARTIN (NORTHERN IRELAND)
Although a young man new to the scene, it would be wrong to think Dom Martin hasn’t paid his life and musical dues. Brought up in the often tough, but community driven, streets of Belfasts, Northern Ireland, Dom traded his craft for years locally without a (self confessed) clue how to break into the (international) music business and possibly with too much humility to try. ‘Discovered’ by current manager Fenton Parsons, Dom has made a fairly ‘meteoric’ rise in terms of todays industry, with his first ever EP release attracting BBC 6 music and BBC Radio 2 support – including a converted session with Cerys Matthews – and, quite rightly, he now has a number of international tours and Festivals in the book for 2020. His jaw droppingly – entirely natural’ sounding, and unforced/unschooled – skill on acoustic guitar, matched with an authentic ‘Belfast blues’ voice, brings to mind comparisons with many from John Martin to Rory Gallagher, with nods to many in-between, not least perhaps the likes of Van Morrison and Foy Vance. Dom really is one to watch and quite rightly specially selected by both Jo Harman and noted promoter Adrian Gibson to be the special guest opening act of this bill showcasing the very best of the international blues/roots/soul/rock/singer songwriter scene.

On the evening itself, Jo Harman will be playing a full set, with an extended band, plus the incredible US Grammy Winner Mike Farris will be joining her on stage for a few tunes, following his own solo performance (a tour de force in itself!). With the wonderful Dom Martin, flying in from Belfast especially, to open up proceedings this will be some night at a prestigious, award winning London venue! Something of a Festival, within a festival, indeed, a limited number of half price early bird tickets are now available at a truly bargain price £11 plus booking fees.

FULL JO HARMAN CONCERT TO BE BROADCAST ON LATEST TV – EVERY WEEK IN SEPTEMBER

Latest TV will be screening an entire Jo Harman concert between 7-8pm every Friday in September. For those in the Brighton area it’s Channel 7 on your TV Remote and Virgin Media 159 plus, worldwide, it (from 6pm) can be streamed live via https://thelatest.co.uk/latest-tv/

The concert, recorded at the Latest studios in front of a select audience of fans from all over the country, features much of the material from ‘Found A Place’, recently re-released as an extended edition double EP which is doing remarkably well, thanks to Jo’s incredibly supportive fanbase.

The concert itself features a crack band of Martin Johnson, Nat Martin, Stevie Watts, Andy Tolman and, special guest, Mark Edwards who, together with producer James McMillan, who played a huge part in the recording of ‘Found A Place’.

PRE-SAVE JO HARMAN’S NEW SINGLE ‘SIDEWAYS’ NOW…

On the day the most recent single ‘When In The Night Hour’ hits 50k streams, Jo Harman announces that her next single ‘Sideways’ will be released this Sunday – and you can pre-save it by clicking here.

Although the release schedule for ‘Sideways’ has been in place for months, it’s rather apt that Jo will by opening for the song’s composer Citizen Cope when Cope tours here in October, for Adrian Gibson at AGMP Concerts namely :-

Roadmender Northampton Thursday 10th October
The Stoller Hall Manchester Friday 11th October
Òran Mór Glasgow Saturday 12th October
Islington Assembly Hall London 13th October

Jo also has a number of her own headline shows around this period starting at Exeter Phoenix on 12th September – please click here for more information.

Both ‘When In The Night Hour’ and ‘Sideways’ appear on the ‘Found A Place’ double EP physical CD set available here.
It is also available on iTunes

London OMEARA show announced

Jo Harman London

Jo is delighted to announce a rare London show at OMEARA near London Bridge on Sunday 2nd June. If you’ve not been to Omega the venue is owned by Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons and has an old regency ballroom feel with a clever raked floor which makes standing shows easy to see.
Tickets (£15 + fee) can be found here. We will announce the support artist soon.

Jo Harman ‘Found A Place’ Tour

Jo Harman Tour Dates

Jo undertakes a selective Spring Tour which includes Festival appearances in places as far flung as Serbia, Poland, France and of course, the UK, finishing with a London show at Omeara on 2nd June. Moreover, Jazz Royalty Orphy Robinson MBE has persuaded her to appear on 6th July as special guest vocalist for the 50 years celebration of Van Morrison’s ‘Astral Weeks’ project at this years ‘Love Supreme’ Festival.

30th March – J. A. M. France, Festival

3rd April – St Nicholas Church, Harwich, Essex. Harwich Festival of the Arts (trio show)

4th April Arlington Arts, Newbury (full band)

6th April The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead (trio show)

12th April The Garage Music Venue Swansea (full band)

20th April Echo Hotel Music Club, Hook, Hampshire with special guest Jade Like The Stone (full band)

26th April Bluestracje Festival Poland, Festival (full band)

9th May Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis with special guest Joanna Alice Cooke (full band)

11th May Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead, Berkshire (trio show)

17th May Serbia, Festival (full band)

23rd May Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea, Special guest Elles Bailey (full band)

2nd June Omeara, London (extended band)

6th July Love Supreme Festival – Jo special guest vocalist for Orphy Robinson’s ‘Astral Weeks’ 50 years Celebration.

Autumn Touring Announced

Following the impressive critical reaction to the Netherlands duo show tour last year, JO HARMAN has announced that she will be playing an Autumn duo tour shows in the UK at selected venues.

These very special, intimate, shows will feature not only ‘bare-to-the-bone’ versions of Jo’s own songs but also her own take on songs that mean something special to her.

The tour will be divided into two segments as follows

The SEPTEMBER shows will be with the ‘Found A Place’ section of the tour, where Jo will perform with renowned pianist MARK EDWARDS (Katie Melua, Daryl Hall, Aztec Camera, etc) who features heavily as both pianist and string arranger on Jo’s most recent recording, the limited edition ‘Found A Place’ EP, available only as a physical CD release (with bonus live CD) at shows and from Jo’s website shop (i.e. this recording is not available digitally). September shows confirmed to date are (band gigs shown with asterisk*)…

Saturday 3rd September Bluesrock Festival, Tegelen, Netherlands*
Thursday 8th September Norwich Arts Centre, Norfolk*
Saturday 10th September Coolham Music Club, W. Sussex (SOLD OUT)
Sunday 11th September 2pm show Big Green Cardigan Festival, Nr Hastings, E. Sussex
Wednesday 14th September Slaughtered Lamb, Islington, London
Thursday 15th September Flavel Theatre, Dartmouth, Devon
Friday 16th September Bridgwater Arts Centre, Somerset
Saturday 17th September Plough Arts Centre, Devon
Sunday 18th September Chapel Arts Centre, Bath
Wednesday 21st September Robin2, Bilston, West Mids*
Thursday 22th September Alexanders, Chester
Friday 23rd September Ropetackle, Shoreham*
Sunday 25th September Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs, Kent

Jo’s OCTOBER duo shows become the “Back Together For The First Time! Tour” featuring multi instrumentalist and vocalist MI’DAS (Mike Davies). Those who have followed Jo’s career from the earliest days will know Mike produced (and co-wrote several songs on) Jo’s first album ‘Dirt On My Tongue’, as well as co-writing several tunes on her new, yet to be released, album recorded in Nashville. Mike has gone on to be a much in-demand touring guitarist for many major label acts, James Morrison, Jamie Cullum, Leona Lewis included, as well as becoming an artist in his own right, with the recent release of his debut album ‘Inside My Head’. So, despite their long standing relationship, this is their first ever time Jo and Mike have toured together as artists in their own right, and Mike will be performing a short solo set before joining Jo on both keys and guitar (but probably not at the same time!) and second vocals. The October dates confirmed so far include (again full band shows denoted by asterisk*)..

Saturday 1st October, Rhodes Arts Centre, Bishops Stortford, Herts*
Thurs 6th October The Forge, Basingstoke, Hampshire
Fri 7th October Old Town Hall Hemel Hempstead, Herts
Fri 14th October St Johns Church, Farcombe, Surrey*
Sat 15th October Winchester Discovery Centre, Hampshire*
Thurs 20th October Stables, Wavendon, Nr Milton Keynes
Sat 22nd October Greystones, Sheffield
Sun 23rd October Henry Tudor House, Shrewbury
Thurs 27th October Norden Farm Arts Centre, Berkshire
Fri 28th October Fairkytes Arts Centre, Hornchurch, Essex
Sat 29th October BluesFest, Brooklyn Bowl London, O2

In addition Jo has various full band show commitments this summer including appearances at Weyfest, Edinburgh Blues and Rock Festival, and more, culminating in another headline show at Brooklyn Bowl London on Saturday 29th October, at BluesFest at the O2 complex. Full band shows in the autumn are included in the above list and distinguished by way of an asterisk *.
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