Joe Solo, (folk/punk/blues from Scarborough), live at 0161 Festival, Miners Community Arts and Music Centre, Moston, Manchester, UK, 03/05/2015.
20 mins., HD.
Joe Solo has in his time been a busker, a barman, a kerb counter, a warehouse hand, a copywriter and an engineer. His musical odyssey began in 1987 fronting a bash-em-out band at school, and has seen him play in seven countries either as lynchpin of pop-punk upstarts Lithium Joe, or hammering out his unique brand of folk, punk and blues in his own right.
On top of releasing ten albums in the last eight years, Joe Solo has also written books, and had them written about him. He runs a research project on the Hull Pals battalions in the first world war which he updates daily online; worked with underprivileged children to help them write their lives in song; recorded two audio books; and still found time to open for the likes of Chris Wood, Otis Gibbs, Robb Johnson, Edgar Broughton, TV Smith, Justin Sullivan, Emily Portman and the Blockheads; whilst his songs have featured on both the late John Peel’s show on BBC Radio One and Mike Harding’s folk and roots show on BBC Radio Two.
Live, Solo has a growing reputation as both a performer and raconteur, being thought-provoking, comical and punch-the-air political often in the same breath. He is not an artist you forget in a hurry.
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