Jody hale

Jody hale

BandFolkAcoustic

Easy listening, acoustic music with intimate stories that explore the connections between human beings and their physical surroundings.

Biography

My name is Jody Hale and I was born in the wee hours of a warm June morning in 1972, in a tiny fishing village on Newfoundland's northeast coast - Too Good Arm. My maternal great-grandfather was a "stowaway" from France and he played the fiddle (though I never met the man) and my maternal grandfather was a button accordion player. I don't remember hearing my grandfather play as I was very young when he passed away.

At age four I bugged my older brother to teach me a few chords on an old electri guitar and my love of music was conceived. From that point on I became enthralled by music.

During my elementary schooling years I sang in a "glee club" and performed regulary in regional music festivals. I enjoyed singing very much as a kid and often sang along with my dad's old 8-tracks that he kept aboard his truck. I still love "L.A. International Airport" and "Crystal Chandelier".

While surviving the high school years I would often fall asleep and awaken to "Jigs and Reels", a local show that aired on OZ FM out of St. John's, NL. The show highlighted the best of Irish/Newfoundland music. While I continued to enjoy top forty hits there was something about the traditional forms of music that I really liked.

Towards the end of my high school experience I fell in love with a local group, Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers. These three guys performed a mix of Irish, Newfoundland and original songs and melodies and I began to learn their music, often singing their songs around my parent's kitchen during family gatherings.

However, it wasn't until my university years that I began to find my niche in the plethora of musical genres. During a dorm party one night a friend introduced me to the music of Stan Rogers and I was hooked. his voice, his stories and songs all spoke to me at different levels and I began to steep myself in folk music from around the world. The more I lstened to it the more I began to appreciate the music of my native province.

Then, in 1992 the cod fishery closed, my dad was forced to retire from the fishing industry, I was living in St. John's (feeling very homesick) and I began to write songs about my dad, the fishery and my home town. It was a time of great turmoil for me but from that came several songs and melodies.

In 1994 I started a traditional band with my university roommate called Shoal Ground. We performed in the central Newfoundland region for a couple of years before going our separate ways. While we never recorded any commercial product we enjoyed working on a few demos.

Since then I have taught myself to play a dozen instruments and I have performed with a number of bands in and around the central Newfoundland region.

Today I perform acousitc, solo gigs around the province and I continue to play in a couple of folky type bands, The Killicks and Boom Landing. I also hire myself out to studios for session work. I recently joined the American Federation of Musicians (Local 820) here in Newfoundland and Labrador and am a registered member of SOCAN and the ECMA.

Discography

In July 2009 I released my first CD - Dreams and Photo Albums. It's a collection of original songs that I have written during the past seventeen years. The album is getting lots of airplay on local radio stations: CBC and VOCM.

You can hear a few samples by checking out my Myspace page:

www.myspace.com.jodyhaleofficial

I also have three samples here on Sonicbids.

Set List

Depending on the venue I play a range of music that includes original material and covers. I often take covers from David Francey, Richard Shindell, Gordon Lightfoot, Wayne Chaulk, Sheldon McBrearity, Archie Fisher, Garnet Rogers, Stan Rogers, Bob Dylan, Kate Rusby, Townes Van Sandt, and the list goes on.

I taylor my sets to fit a specific venue and a specific audience. Sometimes I prepare a set list and other times I simply play whatever comes to the front of my mind.

The shortest sets run less than an hour and the longest run about three hours.