ARTIST BIO (May 2018)

 

Jo-Jo O' & The WOODS are a songwriting partnership and power duo, hailing from the western prairies of Canada. A dark & moody, forward driving rock ‘n’ roll sound, built on the solid foundation of traditional folk/roots storytelling, woven together with velvety bluesy depths and moments of breezy pop sentiments.

Jo-Jo O’Donoghue, a front woman and powerhouse vocalist, paired with Rylan Woods’ intricate and gutsy guitar work, are a reluctant duo that conjures an arena rock sound & spectacle that has been toured fiercely through Ireland, the UK, Canada and parts of Europe since the 2015 release of their first EP ‘Old Friends & Lost Souls’.  Successfully and independently booking hundreds of live performances across 5 different countries, Jo-Jo O’ & The WOODS will release their much anticipated sophomore album ‘MoonChild’ in 2018, as they set sails for England, where they have their focus set on something bigger, badder and louder than ever.

 

Live Performances (see jojooandthewoods.com/gigs for full gig history and upcoming shows)

 

Canada (AB, SK, ON) - 70 performances, May 2016-Oct 2017

  • Canadian Music Week 2017 Showcases - Toronto, Grace O’Malley’s (Apr 20), The Paddock Tavern (Apr 21)
  • 2017 Festivals & Community: CBC Daybreak@Night, Inglewood Night Market, Lacombe Days, Locavore Lacombe, Lacombe Chamber of Commerce, Blindman Brewing 2nd Anniversary
  • VIA Rail - Artist On Board Program - May 3-6/13-16, 2017 (Edmonton-Toronto round-trip)
  • 2016 Festivals: Lilac Festival, Marda Gras, Big Winter Classic, Road to Indie Week, Woodstock 2016. $2.70 average merch/head rate
  • Dec 2016 - 330 tickets @ $10 - Vinyl Release Show at Bo’s Bar & Stage, Red Deer. $4.70 merch/head rate
  • Aug 2017 - 260 tickets @ $15 - Summer of Love 50 Year Bash & Single Release Show at Bo's Bar & Stage, Red Deer
  • Mar 2018 - Exclusive Album Preview - Lacombe AB - 100 tickets @ $30 - SOLD OUT

 

UK (London, Glasgow) - 13 performances, Aug 2017, Apr 2018

  • Hope & Anchor, Blueberry Bar, King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, The Amethyst

 

Spain/Catalonia (Barcelona) - 8 performances, Aug 2017

  • Harlem Jazz Club, La Rouge Raval, Casa Irla, L'Arc Cafe Cultural, El Col-leccionista, Marlin Beach Bar, Romantic Bar, Campus Bar

 

Ireland & Northern Ireland - 88 performances, Sep 2015-Mar 2016, Mar 2017

  • Sep 2015-March 2016 - 70 gigs and showcases including: Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival (Mar 2016), two night/ week residency at Darkey Kelly’s Pub, Dublin (Jan-Mar 2016)
  • Feb-March 2017 - Irish Spring Tour, 18 dates, 4 week tour

 

Upcoming

  • UK Tour - Apr-May 2018 (13 dates)
  • Ireland/Northern Ireland Tour - May 2018 (5 dates)

 

Press

IOW County Press , Apr 2018 (UK Tour)

Independent Music Review, Dublin Ireland, Aug 30

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, GCR Digital Radio Greystones

 

TV

‘Old Friends’ official music video distributed TELUS Optik™ TV On Demand (July 2016)

‘Old Friends’ live studio session 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, International Songwriting Competition (Mar 2016)

‘Oh! Brother’ official music video, regional semifinalist CBC Searchlight 2016 (Apr 2016)

‘Old Friends’ - $10,000 TELUS STORYHIVE Small Town Music Video Grant (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.

 

Jo-Jo O' & The WOODS
Jo-Jo O' & The WOODS
Jo-Jo O' & The WOODS