Harmonious music with Jo and company

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The Flowerpot in Derby will be the venue for a gig by Jo Harman and Company on Friday, September 6.

Jo exploded onto the blues scene last year, with a world-class band and stunning voice, drawing heavily on a compelling mix of roots, blues, gospel and soul.

Although Jo has indeed appeared to have come from nowhere fast, the reality is she has been taking her time, living life, developing her craft, and building, quietly and bottom up, a significant and solid following.

With 40 festival performances in 2013 alone, many as headliners, including prestigious slots at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Jazz and Parkpop, Netherlands where she was one of 12 (otherwise household name) artists playing to 300,000 people, Jo is becoming increasingly regarded as potentially the finest soul/blues/gospel/roots influenced artist this country has ever produced.

Her debut album Dirt On My Tongue, initially released earlier this year as a low key, but albeit impressively successful, independent release, will be released by major label V2 (Laura Marling, Mumford and Sons etc) on September 20 in The Netherlands, and on the Big Chill label in the UK on October 30.

Support on the night comes from the talented and popular performer Sunjay Brayne.

Then, on Saturday, September 7, it’s tribute band time againa at the King Street, courtesy of a visit by The Doors Alive.

As the name suggests, this is a band that pays tribute to the considerable musical legacy of Messrs Morrison, Manzarek, Krieger and Densmore, playing many of the best tracks and most famous songs from The Doors’ eventful and legendary career.

Ray Cameron, former assistant road manager to The Doors has hailed The Doors Alive as sometimes sounding more like the real thing than The Doors did!

On Wednesday, September 11, the latest in the regular Acoustic Wednesdays sessions takes place in the bar.

Performing will be Flowerpot favourites Woolley and Archer with some acoustic rock and blues.

Finally, on Thursday, September 12, you can see a concert by accomplished blues and roots performer Kelly Joe Phelps.

Since his debut album Lead Me On, came out in 1994, the Pacific Northwest-based singer and songwriter has written and performed some of the most compelling slide guitar music ever recorded.

Doors open at 8pm and admission is £10 for Jo Harman and Company, £10 for The Doors Alive, free for the Acoustic Wednesdays slot, and £10 for Kelly Joe Phelps.

For more details on these and future gigs at the venue, call RAW Promotions on 01332 834438 or go to www.rawpromo.co.uk