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"Joanna Weston - Pieces of the Puzzle"

Just got my hands on the Joanna Weston's second EP release, and it is just as great as the first. That eponymous first release "What Do I Do" was released last year, 2010 and set up Joanna as a force to be reckoned with, taking the folk scene by storm and receiving critical recognition by all who have acoustic flavour blood. Now in 2011, eagerly awaited the second EP "Pieces Of The Puzzle" is slightly more upbeat, but still sincere and honest. Her velvety vocal has a remarkable clarity and is best revealed on the tranquil fifth track "Down By The River", which is bright and optimistic, she sings "sitting by the riverside, with my choices" and concludes "oh what a beautiful life".

"Something", track two, has a great lounge feel, with a light soul touch that make me feel like I am in a New York Lounge Bar, mysterious and aloof, with a cute lick and a steady pace. Joanna's vocal is Jazzy, yet contemporary and is everything Nu-folk should be, with clear and
obvious roots and a modern twist, the best example of this is "Stay" which has Joanna stating she will "love you forever, if you stay".

When you hear Weston sing, I promise the first place you think of
is not her hometown of Guildford in Surrey, I have her down for
anywhere but there.

We just hope that she has a follow up album on the way, because we just can't get enough of this, and five tracks leaves me wanting. To enjoy this you will need a summer day, a river, a picnic maybe, and most importantly a free schedule, just relax and soak it in.

Top Tracks: Something, Stay and Down By The River

Breaking.Music Review by Andy, Editor: 10 December 2011 - Breaking.Music


"‘Pieces Of The Puzzle’ by Joanna Weston"

Listening to ‘Pieces Of The Puzzle’ by Joanna Weston is an enjoyable and lyrically enchanting musical experience. The downside is there are only five songs on the EP – no sooner had I dived into its multi-layered depths then it was over. I wanted to swim around for longer in the embrace of those songs.

The EP offers a collection of jazz-tinged, acoustic-folk with an enigmatic sprinkling of intriguing influences emerging throughout. It kicks off with the gentle, sparkling narrative ‘Amy’, as Joanna’s voice leads you back into the web of life’s memory. The warm, piano-driven ‘Something’ employs a stronger jazz influence, while ‘Girlfriend’ relishes in its peppered percussion, haunting backing chorus and finely-placed brass infection. The soulful anguish of ‘Stay’ leads into the captivating narrative of the violin-led ‘Down By The River’ with its perfect whistle accents hovering around more of Joanna’s inspiring phrasing.

‘Pieces Of The Puzzle’ offers words and music by Joanna Weston ?(lead vocal, guitar, backing vocals) plus the considerable talents of Herjo Scholten (guitar, piano), Michiel van Engelen (double bass), Pim van der Steen (drums, percussion), Sylvia Ouwens (tin whistle, backing vocals), Joost van Es (violin, viola), Tom Rotherham (trumpet) and Angus Cowan (fender Rhodes piano).

FolkWords Review by Dan Holland – 18 January 2012 - FolkWords


Discography

Her latest release ‘Pieces Of The Puzzle’ can be found on iTunes, Soundcloud, Spotify and many of the great online digital stores, along with Joanna’s Debut EP ‘What Do I Do?’.

Tracks from both EP's are played on air by a number of different radio stations in the UK and on an international level. Joanna has success in reaching fans all over the World with Jango Airplay too, while she continues to write and plans to record her full album later on this year

Watch the official music video for 'Amy', the first track on her EP 'Pieces Of The Puzzle': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OInbbsv9CY

Video footage of Joanna performing solo, or with other band members are on her official website, Vimeo and YouTube.

If you haven’t seen or heard of ‘Folkin Around Holland’ and ‘Another Piece Of The Puzzle’, they are a series of short documentaries about Joanna’s travels to and from Utrecht in Holland, where she performed, rehearsed, recorded
and co-produced her new EP ‘Pieces Of The Puzzle’ in 2011: www.burningwick.co.uk.

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Bio

Joanna Weston is a contemporary folk singer-songwriter who is based in the UK and The Netherlands.

She began performing in musical theatre when she was very young. Singing, dancing and acting came as naturally as breathing and she always knew she wanted to pursue a career in music. In 2004 she attended a vocal course at Guildford’s Academy of Contemporary Music before becoming lead singer of her first serious originals band. In 2006, she became one half of Weston and Schonning before picking up the guitar herself to launch a solo career creating her own unique sound.

In 2010, Joanna released her first EP ‘What Do I Do?’ which is still available on all major download platforms. In the same year she was nominated for ‘Best Female Solo Artist’ at the Guildford Music Awards – an annual event where local musicians are recognised for their talent and contribution to live music.

Joanna performed at prestigious venues in and around London such as the Half Moon in Putney, The Cobden Club in Notting Hill, The Bedford in Balham, The Boileroom in Guildford, The Maltings in Farnham, and performed to appreciative audiences at festivals such as Guilfest, Small World and even further afield doing series of gigs in Turkey, Germany, Belgium and Holland.

Joanna has overseas airplay by channels like HGRNJ.org in New Jersey, and by many UK radio stations including Eagle Radio, Kane FM, the Tom Robinsons BB6 Music 'Fresh On The Net' show, and has been the featured artist on UK and Dutch stations where she chatted live on air and plays her songs.

‘Pieces of the Puzzle’ is the eagerly awaited follow up EP from this fabulous singer-songwriter. It is a truly international creation. The result of a collaboration between Joanna and a group of talented musicians from Utrecht who she met while performing and working on her music there during 2011.

Current band members are:
Joanna Weston – vocals and guitar
Herjo Scholten – guitar and piano
Michiel van Engelen – double bass
Joeri van Dongen - cajon and percussion
Judith Verona Martin - violin

Riding a wave in 2012, Joanna is having another exciting year, while she stays in Utrecht writing and recording for her full album, and performs solo, duo, trio or full band shows in Europe, so keep an eye out for future developments in her career.