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. Jo explores the boundaries of her voice as a powerful instrument, channelling jazz training into her original folk music with impressive versatility. Whether performing her own songs, soaring above her raucous gypsy 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 in 2017, her performance career took her far and wide, gaining her fans in Melbourne, Canberra, Cairns and Adelaide, as well as overseas in the UK, Spain and Germany.
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 QUBE Effect competition, alongside selling out her debut full-band show, supported by folk-cellist Monique Clare. Just recently, she was also a recipient of the Audrey Recording Initiative, scoring a two-day recording session in Melbourne with award-winning producer, Anna Laverty (engineer to artists including Kate Miller-Hiedke, Nick Cave, Tinpan Orange and Meg Mac).
Jo has showcased her music at The National Folk Festival (ACT) 2018, Bello Winter Music Festival (QLD) 2018, The Tablelands Folk Festival (FNQ) 2018 and Woodford Folk Festival (QLD) 2018/19. She will also be appearing at Palm Creek Festival (FNQ) 2019 and The Blue Mountains Music Festival (NSW) 2019. As lead vocalist for Cigány Weaver, she has performed at Woodford Folk Fesival (QLD) 2016/17, Wallaby Creek Festival (FNQ) 2017, Cullulleraine Music Festival (SA) 2018 and Perisher Peak Festival (NSW) to great acclaim.
Above all, Jo’s primary focus is to share stories, hoping to put a little bit of herself into every song she sings.