Jo Philby Band
With her crystal clear, soulfully expressive vocal, Jo Philby is one of the most endearing folk singers to emerge from Orkney in recent years. Having met widespread acclaim in 2009, her debut CD Saltwater and Stone was very much a labour of love, a long time in the making. Now, having found and developed her niche, and gathered together a band of good friends (who also happen to be cracking musicians), she is back with Beneath the Starry Sky.
Originally from the south of England, Jo’s early inspiration stemmed from the English and Irish traditions, however over a decade living and working in Orkney now sees her cite singers from the modern Scottish folk scene as equal sources of influence, as well as country and bluegrass musicians and singers. As such, her new line-up and CD bring a much fuller “roots” sound – and one that reflects its recording in both Orkney, with singer/songwriter Kathie Touin, and in Nashville, Tennnessee, with Orcadian expat Philip Anderson.
Determined to relay a true “live” sound on the album, and likewise perform with instrumentation true to the album, Jo is joined by Elaine Grieve, Aidan Moodie, Graham Rorie, and Guille Lopez. With tours throughout the UK in 2013, Beneath the Starry Sky marks the beginning of a new chapter for this talent vocalist.
“A fabulous singer and a wonderful album.” - Edwina Hayes
"Jo has a pure and mature voice and clearly believes in her chosen material...quietly beguiling." - fRoots