Having met widespread acclaim in 2009, her debut CD Saltwater and Stone was very much a labour of love, a long time in the making. Now, having found and developed her niche, and gathered together a band of good friends (who also happen to be cracking musicians), she is back with Beneath the Starry Sky. Originally from the south of England, Jo's early inspiration stemmed from the English and Irish traditions, however over a decade living and working in Orkney now sees her cite singers from the modern Scottish folk scene as equal sources of influence, as well as country and bluegrass musicians and singers. As such, her new line-up and CD bring a much fuller "roots" sound - and one that reflects its recording in both Orkney and in Nashville, Tennnessee, with Orcadian expat Philip Anderson.
Jo has a new line-up featuring superb Orcadian musicians, Tom Robinson guitar/ mandolin/ dobro) and Elaine Grieve (harmony vocals/guitar/mandola). Tom is influenced by the acoustic Americana/Country genre & thus reflected in his playing. Elaine's vocal harmonies work beautifully with Jo's rich, earthy tones. Both musicians accompaniment is wonderfully sympathetic.
The band have been working on new material. They have re-worked some of the old favourites & excitingly both Jo & Elaine have begun song writing. The band are preparing for a Tour throughout Scotland & England during March 2015. 2015 is shaping up nicely with gigs outwith Orkney & plenty of local gigs planned including appearing at both prestigious Festivals, Orkney Folk Festival & St Magnus International Festival.
"Jo's new album 'Beneath The Starry Sky' marks a progression into a more fully produced roots and Americana arena for her while staying true to the folk sensibilities..a fabulous singer & a wonderful album" - Edwina Hayes - Singer/Songwriter.
"Jo’s affectingly understated mix of originals and covers, sweetly accompanied and harmonised by her four-piece band" - (The Scotsman)
"Beautiful vocals and harmonies combine for a CD all will enjoy" - Gwenda Shearer for The Orcadian.
"With her crystal clear, soulfully expressive vocal, Jo Philby is one of the most endearing folk singers to emerge from Orkney in recent years"