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ReportJo HamiltonJo Hamilton

  • Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Label: poseidon
  • Press kit: pdf zip

Stemming from a nomadic family with roots in both Kenya and Jamaica, Jo Hamilton was brought up in a house two miles from the
nearest neighbour in the wilds of northern Scotland. Her parents moved constantly in her youth, which saw her spending periods in Turkey, UAE, Kuwait, Sri Lanka and Cambodia.

In her late teens Jo studied classical viola in Edinburgh and at Birmingham Conservatoire. During this period the first hints of a solo talent began to emerge; she quietly recorded an early 3-track EP with the help of guitarist/drummer/producer Tom Livemore (the Ripps/Carina Round/Glen Ballard), and then went on to create a self-produced album of early songs (Palace Place) with the help of
other musicians.
It was during the recording of Palace Place that she first met producer Jon Cotton (subsequently producer of Scott Matthews' Ivor
Novello winning Elusive), with whom she remained in touch over the next four years.

In the meantime, Jo began performing more widely, supporting Damien Rice and Michelle Shocked, and touring with Colin Vearncombe (Black) in the UK. She contributed viola and vocals to Kirsty McGee's first album, and was invited by Fairport Convention founder (and discoverer of Nick Drake) Ashley Hutchings to sing lead vocals and play viola with first the Albion Band and then his new band the Rainbow Chasers on several European tours.

While welcomed by the folk world, Jo continued to develop her own very different, much darker and more layered material. She worked on developing sounds with Tom Livemore and a live band, and started using a computer for the first time to write. She travelled to Cambodia, making field recordings on a little minidisc recorder which accompanied her everywhere-recordings which were later incorporated into her work.

Back in the UK, the combined songs she'd accumulated with Tom, on her sequencers and in Cambodia began to take shape as an album. On hearing the sketches, Jon Cotton signed her to his production company Poseidon, and over the next two years they developed the songs into the album Gown.

As the album began to take shape Jo and Jon Cotton developed a short film about it which became her electronic press kit - shot
largely by Jo herself in Slovenia, Italy, France and the UK this film became another labour of love, taking nearly a year to complete in its own right. Simultaneously, Jo collaborated with award-winning illustrator/animators Dave Neale and Jordan Cadby on the accompanying album sleeve and animations; many of the animations featuring on the electronic press kit.


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    Left by KWeinberg, on Feb 19, 2010 - 15:01
    So good to see you here!
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    Left by Michelleyeah, on Feb 4, 2010 - 13:00
    Yes, yes!! Thanks for joining up. LOVE Pick Me Up!
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    Jo, Darling,
    Left by crabbist, on Feb 3, 2010 - 18:32
    I was just now thinking about you, having recently received “Gown” from iTunes. Was hoping you would find this site, as so many of us former passengers on the T61-tanic have. Ah, the world is beginning to resemble what we wish it to now.

    Will still brew up a fresh pot of coffee for when you visit Seattle, as I know you will. I’m just too damned cute to pass up. *gag, cough, cough*
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    Left by Sally, on Feb 3, 2010 - 12:01
    to see you here!
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  • Yay!
    Left by worldblee, on Feb 3, 2010 - 11:07
    Great to see and hear you here.
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    Left by TommiSt, on Feb 3, 2010 - 10:27
    It's awesome to see you on uvumi :D
    You'll see, its a cool place
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  • Welcome back
    Left by Roberto, on Feb 3, 2010 - 8:56
    We have moved and are making us comfortable here.
    Great you have rejoined us to fill the place with music !
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    Left by zenfira, on Feb 3, 2010 - 7:36
    Wonderful to see you here! Welcome!! Can't wait to hear more of your great tracks!
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