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Jo-Jo O' & The Woods

Jo-Jo O’ & The WOODS is an intrinsic songwriting partnership from Lacombe, Alberta. The pair artfully craft a medley of the soulful blues of days long past, with the rock and roll roots of their fore-mothers and fathers, and if you listen very closely, you can still hear the grit of their humble punk-rock beginnings. The duo became an active band after the release of a 6 track EP in April 2015, and toured Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Western Canada as a folksy-rock acoustic duo. Jo-Jo O’ & The WOODS are currently wrapping up the writing and recording of their full-length album that will encompass a full backing band, and a dark and moody forward-driving rock and roll sound, to be released in 2017.
LIVE PERFORMANCES (please see jojooandthewoods.com for full gig history) • Ireland & Northern Ireland: Sep 2015 - March 2016. Over 70 gigs and showcases including: The Dublin Stage at the 12th Annual Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival (Mar 2016), standing two night a week gigs at the infamous Darkey Kelly’s Pub in the heart of Dublin (Jan-Mar 2016) • Canada: May – Dec 2016: 24 completed gigs including Calgary festivals (Lilac Festival, Marda Gras, Big Winter Classic(Jan 2017), Road to Indie Week and Woodstock 2016 festival. $1.80 average merch/head rate. • Dec 18 2016 – 330 tickets sold (400 capacity) Vinyl Release Show at Bo’s Bar & Stage, Red Deer with $4.70 merch/head rate.
PRESS • The Red Deer Express, Dec 2016 (Vinyl EP Release) • 106.7 The Drive, Red Deer, Dec 2016 (In-Studio interview, Vinyl EP Release) • The Lacombe Globe, July 2016 (TELUS Storyhive Winners) • Metro Calgary, July 2016 (4th Street Lilac Festival performance) • EQUAL Fashion Magazine, Northern Ireland, June 2016 (9 page feature - Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival Editorial) • STORYHIVE.com, May 2016 (TELUS Storyhive Winners) • CBC Music, Mar 2016 (Searchlight 2016 early contenders) • EQUAL Fashion Magazine, Northern Ireland, Dec 2015 (6 page Artist feature) • Dublin’s Musicians & Songwriters Collective & Music Review, Sep 2015 (live acoustic set and EP) • The Red Deer Express, July 2015 (EP release)
RADIO (All 6 EP singles have received radio play) • Canada: CKUA, CBC Radio, 106.7 The Drive • Ireland & The UK: RTE Radio 1, TXFM, Dublin City FM, NEAR FM, Soundcheck Radio NI
TV • ‘Old Friends’ official music video distributed TELUS Optik™ TV On Demand (July 2016) • Live studio session of ‘Old Friends’ aired on Irish television with the Dublin Institute of Technology Film & Broadcasting program (Dec 2015) • ‘Old Friends’ featured in the closing credits of CityTV Edmonton’s Short Film Showcase (May 2015)
AWARDS & ACCOLADES • ‘Oh! Brother’ - Semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition, Mar 2016. • ‘Oh! Brother’ official music video – regional semifinalist in CBC’s Searchlight 2016 (Apr 2016) • ‘Old Friends’ - $10,000 TELUS STORYHIVE Small Town Music Video Grant music video grant winner (May 2016)
The band’s combination of instrumental skills, vocal prowess, songwriting strength and authentic showmanship is a rarity, and has established Jo-Jo O’ & The WOODS not only as a crowd-pleaser, but as a rising new Canadian act.