Joanna performed as a duo with toronto-based Jaron Freeman-Fox on fiddle and vocals. Jaron recently performed at Joanna's album preview show in toronto and filmed two videos with her. He is a very exciting experimental musician and adds a genuine depth and colour to joanna's engaging songwriting.
Contorting the violin into new traditions, violinist/composer Jaron Freeman-Fox dances down the fine line between the beautiful and the ridiculous, while redefining what the violin can do. Having played on over 30 albums and constantly touring, Freeman-Fox fuses his roots of Celtic and bluegrass fiddling with his study of Indian classical music and jazz, while playing the 5-string violins of his late mentor; fiddle pioneer Oliver Schroer.
Blending acoustic urban Canadiana with jazzy and European flavours, Joanna has a supple and finely-nuanced voice and writes with the ear of a poet. Her musical self-portrait is composed of an unusually large palette of moods and colours.
On her second album - Contraries - the songs spring from a global-vagabond sensibility. Understandable, when you find out she has a love of Klezmer and her family roots stretch from Italy to New Zealand.
Joanna has already toured many times around the world performing her music as well. when alone on stage, or when accompanied by the likes of Mat Martin, she charms unassuming crowds into a world that questions right and wrong, mind and body, permanence and impermanence.
JOANNA CHAPMAN-SMITH is “the slinky-voiced Canadian whose arch acoustic musings and fondness for the accordion come laced with a hint of Parisian cafes and East European Klezmer music.” Q Magazine
2011 marks the passing of a great year for Joanna: winning the 9th annual IMA songwriting award for Melodies (above) in the ‘Best Acoustic Song’ category; being awarded a professional development grant by the Canada Council for the Arts, and beginning work on a new album titled, Love Me Deeply scheduled for a 2012 release.
Joanna is one of the most talented musicians we’ve heard for a long, long time and we’re not the only ones who think so she beat off competition from some of the industry’s big names to win the coveted Independent Music Award for best song of 2009. Joanna’s music is simply so refreshing and quite different from almost anything you’re likely to hear at the moment. There are echoes of jazz and eastern European gypsy music, sometimes frivolous and playful but sometimes disciplined, soulful and melodically pure. She weaves a magical, vibrant and utterly irresistible spell for her listeners that comes partly through her diverse ethic background (Brazilian stepfather, parents from New Zealand and Italy) and partly through her eclectic interests in world music, cabaret, circus and global travelling. This is an unusual and remarkable young woman. who has something say.
“Her voice exudes a warmth, charm and occasional vulnerability that easily brings you under her spell.” - BLUESBUNNY [5/5]
“Chapman-Smith has a supple and finely-nuanced voice and writes with the ear of a poet. She rises above the herd of folkie singer-songwriters, her musical self-portrait painted with an unusually large palette of moods and colours.” - TONY MONTAGE, GEORGIA STRAIGHT
“Exceptional… a creative and skilled vocalist.”
- DANNY ZWERDLING, NPR [USA]
“Hoopla with delicious melancholy.” - RACHEL SANDERS, EXCLAIM!
“Jazzy, soulful vocals - a summertime porch lullaby.”
- ROB McMAHON, METRO
“Not one of the pack: In Joanna Chapman-Smith we have finally found a female singer-songwriter who has broken the mould.”
-MALCOLM CARTER, PENNY BLACK MUSIC
Pip Mountjoy is an unsigned, 17 year old sing-songwriter from North Yorkshire. In summer 2011 she was invited to record a live session and interview for BBC Introducing and has since been selected for the BBC Introducing masterclass at Maida Vale and Abbey Road studios.
Her debut EP, 'Louisiana', which was described as ‘a beautiful, sweet and delicate thing’ by Bob Fischer (BBC Tees), was self-released through bandcamp in December 2011 and can be heard here: pipmountjoy.bandcamp.com.
Pip has upcoming shows supporting a variety of artists, including Idlewild’s Roddy Woomble, Beth Jeans Houghton and Slow Club which can be found on her facebook page www.facebook.com/PipMountjoyMusic"