“This is a little gem of an album: simple, modest and perfect. They get everything right. This north-east duo’s debut captivates from beginning to end." - The Guardian
“Harrop has Excellent tone and great stage prescence.” - Marlbank
“This girl was born to sing jazz, all the warmth and sensibility to melt even the chilliest of hearts.”
- Blues & Soul
“Her voice is amazing, think Islay whiskey or tannin-rich red wine - deep.”
- Bebop Spoken Here
Sunday, July 9th, 2023
Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie:
Weathering The Storm
‘Harrop's appeal is her seductive mannerisms and phrasing, mixed with plenty of hip cachet. As interpreter of lyrics, she draws you into the narrative with effortless style and ease. The voice is husky toned, with immaculate timing, and an unsentimental tenderness and a shrewd wit." - Blues & Soul.
Durham-born Jo Harrop was raised on a heady musical diet of Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Aretha Franklin, and cut her teeth as a session singer, working with a host of iconic artists, including Neil Diamond, Rod Stewart, Gloria Gaynor and Enrique Iglesias.
After moving to London, Jo quickly established herself as one of the most unmistakable voices in British jazz, and has received a raft of rapturous reviews for Weathering The Storm, her debut album with guitarist Jamie McCredie.
Effortlessly blurring the lines between jazz and folk, it’s an achingly beautiful album that is so shot through with pathos and pain, it could melt the hardest of hearts. Guilty was Jo Whiley’s ‘Infatuation’ track of the week on BBC Radio 2.
Warm, smoky and capable of the most delicate dynamics, Jo’s mellifluous voice reveals an intimacy few singers are capable of generating. At times, she sounds as if she's living inside the songs, with each lyric a page from her diary.
Jo's first solo album, 2021's The Heart Wants, was produced by Hannah V and Jamie McCredie, and is her first set of original compositions. It features an impressive guest list, including pianist Jason Rebello, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Troy Miller.
Jo Harrop (Vocals), Jamie McCredie (Guitar).
Tickets: £15 / £13 Concessions. Students £6 (+ Booking Fees)
Doors: 7.00pm. 1st Set: 7.30pm