Graced with jazz sensibilities, exceptional vocal technique and a four-octave range, Jo Davie is an Australian vocalist, composer, researcher, and teacher. Graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium in 2017, with First Class Honours and the University Medal, she burst onto the music scene as 2018 runner-up Folk Alliance Young Artist of the Year. She has since won audiences and accolades across Australia, recently supporting Katie Noonan at QPAC Concert Hall. Alongside regular performances in other projects, including Cigány Weaver and Asha Jefferies, Jo is also completing her PhD investigating the female singer-songwriter’s use of music technology and self-production.
Jo has showcased her music at Woodford Folk Festival (QLD) 2018/19, The National Folk Festival (ACT) 2022 & 2018, Blue Mountains Music Festival (NSW) 2019, Bello Winter Music Festival (QLD) 2018, The Tablelands Folk Festival (FNQ) 2018, Noosa Alive (QLD) 2021 and Palm Creek Folk Festival (FNQ) 2019. As lead vocalist for Cigány Weaver, she has also played Caloundra Music Festival (QLD) 2019, Illawarra Folk Festival (NSW) 2020, Mullum Music Festival (QLD) 2019, Cullulleraine Music Festival (VIC) 2018, Perisher Peak Festival 2018 (NSW), among others, to great acclaim. In 2022, Jo performed internationally at Glastonbury, London Southbank Centre, and Edinburgh Fringe, as keyboardist for Australian artist, Sahara Beck.
John Andrew, Weekend Notes - Supporting Katie Noonan Music at QPAC 2022 (Review): "Jo Davie looked apprehensive – "I'm shaking," she said - but the audience had clearly come to reminisce and to enjoy and warmly applauded as her pure voice celebrated "Both Sides Now". Many in the audience were singing quietly along as her voice soared, finishing with the familiar words. Jo then chose to sing her own songs – it was a good choice. Her lyrics were perceptive and sensitive, and her vocal technique is excellent. In particular, her last song with a jazz-blues flavour allowed her to showcase her four-octave range, and she saved her highest note for last, to rapturous applause. We will be hearing a great deal more of this wonderful lady." Read the review here.
Canberra City News - National Folk Festival 2022 (Review): "All the performances were enjoyable, with a couple of standouts from The Little Quirks and a young singer Jo Davie, whose pared-down treatment of 'Both Sides Now' was delightful."
Peter James Wreford Dawson - National Folk Festival 2022 (Review): "Cigány Weaver is the vehicle for the four-octave range of Jo Davie’s amazing voice, with bandmates producing extended solos on violin, bass and guitar. Grinning from ear to ear, Jo sat at the feet of each soloist when not leaping energetically about the tiny Scrumpy stage."
Nkechi Anele (Triple J Unearthed) - 4/5 Stars: “Ok, I legit tried to sing along with this tune and those high notes - seriously - out of control. Devilishly charming and playful, I feel like I have stumbled into a bohemian tent at a festival somewhere." Read the review here.
Music Is My Muse Album Review: “Cigány Weaver’s self-titled debut showcases exquisite and vibrant instrumentation and breathtaking vocals brought together by a perfectly in-sync band.” Read the full review here.
Theatre Haus on 'Cigany Weaver at Brisbane Festival': "The sextet works together with the ease of years, but the passion and the freshness that they bring to their music is captivating. Putting such an experience into words feels somehow elusive and inadequate”. Read the full review here.
Luka Bloom (International Award-Winning Song-writer): "Jo was one of the highlights of Katoomba (Blue Mountains Music Festival) for me."
Awards: Jo Davie: 2018 Folk Alliance Young Artist of the Year Runner Up. Jo Davie: Winner of Lord Mayor's City Hall Concert Award, QUBE Effect 2017. Cigány Weaver Single 'Make Do' reached #49 in Audience Voted 4ZZZ Hot 100 of 2019. 2020 QMA Nomination for 'Janome' on Cigány Weaver Album.
Festivals Played: The National Folk Festival (ACT) 2022, 2018. Woodford Folk Festival (QLD) 19/20, 18/19, 16/17. Caloundra Music Festival (QLD) 2020. The River Folk Festival (VIC) 2020. Illawarra Folk Festival (NSW) 2019, 2020. Redlands Bay Bluesfest (QLD) 2020. Mullumbimby Music Festival (QLD) 2019. Palm Creek Folk Festival (NSW) 2019. Eudlo Music Nights (QLD) 2019. Bello Winter Music Festival (QLD) 2018, 2019. Blue Mountains Music Festival (NSW) 2019. Brisbane Festival (QLD) 2018, 2019. Horizon Festival (QLD) 2019. Hidden Lanes Festival (QLD) 2019. The Tablelands Folk Festival (FNQ) 2018. Neurum Creek Music Festival (QLD) 2018. Maleny Music Festival (QLD) 2018. Perisher Peak Festival (NSW) 2018. Cullulleraine Music Festival (VIC) 2018. Le Festival (QLD) 2017, 2018. Wallaby Creek Festival (FNQ) 2017.