Jo Harman & Strings

Jo Harman & Strings

18th September 2022

When Jo Harman made her debut here last year, she wowed the audience with her sincere, soulful music. More importantly, like any truly great singer, she told it like it is - straight from the heart - as she always does.

Weaving in soul, blues, funk, gospel and the angst of a singer-songwriter exploring personal hurts, Jo Harman is a genre-defying, independently minded artist of rare credibility. A truly believable singer whose music mainlines the human soul, she is widely regarded by critics and fans as one of Europe's finest ever vocalists.

In a world where vocals are tuned to an inch of their life and producers ‘comp’ vocals from numerous takes, it’s refreshing to see a modern day performer like Jo doing it for real; sitting in the same room as the musicians - in much in the way artists such as Dusty Springfield and Aretha Franklin did back in the day.

Citing artists such as Lauren Hill, Jill Scott, Amy Winehouse, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James and Millie Jackson as influences, Jo's gospel soulfulness has been likened to Anita Baker, her pop sensibilities to Annie Lennox, and her mainstream singer/songwriter appeal to that of Sarah McLachlan. Benchmarks she clears with aplomb.

Jo released her second studio album, People We Become, to much critical acclaim and no little commercial success. Indeed, the lead single, When We Were Young (featuring none other than Michael McDonald), was on Radio 2's playlist, as well as on other mainstream national stations across Ireland and Europe. The album has also made various 'Best Of' lists internationally. 

Jo duetted on Reach Out (I'll Be There) with Motown songwriting legend Lamont Dozier - the lead single from his Re-imagination album, which also features Gregory Porter, Graham Nash, Todd Rundgren, Rumer and other notable international names.

After a three-year absence, Jo returned to the recording studio, where she cut an entirely unedited set, aptly entitled Signature Soul, reflecting the inimitable nature of her work as both a vocalist and as a songwriter. In April, she teamed up with fellow musician/songwriter, Mike Mayfield, to record the Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell Motown classic, You're All I Need To Get By.

For this show, Jo again appears in a stripped-back, all-laid-bare trio format, but with the addition of a cello quartet comprising members of the London Symphony Orchestra. Prepare to be gobsmacked!

Jo Harman (Vocals), Mark Edwards (Piano/Keys), Nat Martin (Guitar), LSO Cello Quartet.

All tickets £18.
No Jazz Express offer for this concert.
Doors open 7.00pm, starts 7.30pm.
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