"this single [On My Mind] shows great promise which has all of the hallmarks of a bone fide authentic folk artist about to make a mark." - REMY
Jane Willow is a Dutch singer-songwriter who moved to Ireland at age twenty-one to pursue music after a stint of studying songwriting at a Dutch Music College. Her music is laced with Leonard Cohen and Nick Drake influences and her light vocals are often compared to the likes of Norah Jones and Lisa Hannigan. In her music she experiments with folk, jazz and classical elements, whilst keeping her rich, soft and velvet-like voice at center stage.
In recent years Jane’s played an incredible amount of gigs, frequenting venues like Vicar Street, Whelan’s, The Workman’s Club and Galway’s Roisin Dubh. In August 2017 she opened for Glen Hansard in Vicar Street. She followed this gig with a full band show in the Grand Social. In November Jane successfully raised over 4000 euro on fundit.ie for her first EP which is due for release in the summer of 2018.
Her debut single On My Mind is a sparse arrangement of cello, double bass and piano that brings to life a song that muses on the simple, yet emotional experience of first love. She plays her nylon string guitar gently while her voice soars and breaks at the right moments. Her emotions are palpable, her lyrics are sincere and almost straightforward. Her honesty and fervour shine through and are firmly rooted in the Irish way of life, expressing all emotion in her music.
On this debut release the influences of Irish folk music and Leonard Cohen are clear as day. But we are left with more than that: a clear impression of a voice, indistinguishably different, indistinguishably hers. Her first release, like the lyrics convey almost exactly; ‘leaves an imprint on your mind’.
Listen to single.
Vocals, Guitar Jane Willow
Backing Vocals Joanna Marie Burke
Double Bass Eoin Burke
Cello Rob Campbell