Jo Beth Young | Tales from the Aquarium

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Tales from the Aquarium

by Jo Beth Young

This creative Debut Album fuses beautiful ethereal, folk, and gospel tinged songs that paint a gossamer landscape filled with imagination.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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1. I See a Light Part a (Interlude)
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0:55 album only
2. Undercurrent
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3:46 album only
3. Loaded Gun
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3:36 album only
4. Call On Me
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3:13 album only
5. Haniel (Interlude)
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0:51 album only
6. Song to Selene
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4:14 album only
7. Indigo
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5:31 album only
8. La Luna (Interlude)
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0:38 album only
9. Opal Moonlight
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3:40 album only
10. Victoria Drive
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3:10 album only
11. The Book Keeper
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2:59 album only
12. I See a Light Part B (Interlude)
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Album Notes
Tales from the Aquarium is a daring debut that features the talents of Martyn Barker (Shriekback) drums, Clare Partington (Keys) and Leigh Limbrick (Bass). Jo carefully put it together as a sonic ‘picture’ rather than a ‘list of songs’ and it’s this visual aspect that makes it so intriguing and engaging. In-between the 8 diverse tracks are small ‘interludes’ which she composed to invoke and marry together the album’s story: They make for relaxing and ethereal listening. The Album conjures up a feeling of hope, that even when all things are lost, there is a way out of the darkness. Personal learning is unnervingly and honestly revealed in tracks such as the ghostly ‘Victoria Drive’ that shadows Jo’s move from the rural idyll of Ireland back to the concrete realities of Eastbourne. ‘Call on Me’ is a blisteringly warm rousing of faith and hope with lush gospel backing, ‘Undercurrent’ recounts with fragility her marriage ending in the guise of a mermaid lost at sea and the heart-breaking ‘Indigo’ is an exploration of life purpose and love that cannot fail to move you. All in all ‘Tales’ is an Album for the imagination!
“..A shining talent star, full of talent” Chris Giles – Uckfield FM
“Beautiful Songs... a honey voice” East Magazine
“Captivating, soulful and full of mellifluous twists and turns. I'm entranced by it"
Tom Hanway
“Jo's songs seem channelled effortlessly from the heart. They have moved me to tears not from sadness but rather from a sense of honesty and hope. To me they're like prayer" Mo McMorrow


Jo Beth Young doesn’t do things the conventional way... and in no way is this clearer than when you hear her captivating songs. The emerging singer/songwriter based in Sussex, England has certainly earned her spurs on the winding path that led her to her long anticipated debut this year that is leaving listeners spell bound from the start.
Her writing has a knack of looking unabashedly into the frayed fabric of life to upturn every stone and find the insights. Live, she is a truly enchanting performer with a voice that can journey from sweet ethereal highs to blues, gospel and tribal depths, leaving one with the feeling of a true transportation out of time.
Raised the rural village of Firle, East Sussex in a Scottish game-keeping family, it was, she says, the eclectic musical influence of her four older brothers that was the propelling muse coupled with a continual absorption in nature. Singing and writing since she was a young child was natural and maybe that’s the influence of her Music Hall ancestry coming through (Jo is the Great Granddaughter of Music Hall star Dandy George and chorus singer Lillian Newman)
In 1999 Jo went backpacking round Ireland with her guitar ‘wrapped in a jumper’ and felt an immediate affinity and love for the music, people and landscape. After making the move over in 2005 to the culturally immersed Galway area she was schooled by the eclectic environment of the local musicians and studied music for 2 years in Galway itself. While honing her solo performances she caught the attention of notable songwriters and opened for John Hoban, Niall Toner and Ruth Dillon, among others. An accomplished session singer also she's worked extensively as a backing, choral and session singer for artists and bands internationally. Her demo tracks of 'Violets' and 'Hummingbird' have been played to great appreciation in Ireland, the UK and USA.
After a triumphant Album Launch at Firle In Music, Sussex, she is now booking her U.K & Irish Tour.


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