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FiddleBopper Jo Davies

Jo with guitar Jo in festival mood

Which two letters get you from 'rock' to 'rocket'? Easy: J and O.

Jo Davies is the rhythmic foundation of FiddleBop, the rock on which we're built. She is the band's powerhouse, our very own rhythmic rocket, with her nylon-string acoustic rhythm guitar playing. There is more than a dash of fiery flamenco duende about Jo's playing! And Jo sings too, both solo and in harmony with Dave.

Joanna Virginia Fernley Davies — that's her full name — has enjoyed listening to jazz for as long as she can remember. She remembers going with her father to hear live jazz at Chipping Norton Theatre on Sunday lunchtimes. Later on, Jo became a regular listener at Banbury Jazz Club (at the Moat House Hotel, who remembers it then?).

JoCa live, with Jo on the left

But in terms of making music, Jo is from a mainly folk background. She began gigging around North Oxfordshire in the 1980s, performing her own songs on guitar and other instruments as half of the duo JoCa with Cathy Hattam. For more about JoCa, see 'Our Loft'.

Jo has also participated in more experimental musical projects, one of which was 'The Gig For The Curious' fronted by the amazing John Cunningham, and supported by other fine musicians such as jazz drummer, the late Steve Harris.

Jo with one of her paintings (

FiddleBop brings together Jo's love of jazz and her strong rhythmic sense. She favours a classical, nylon-strung ('Spanish') guitar, played with the fingers rather than with a plectrum or pick. Which can be tough on the fingernails but is great for cross-rhythmic powerhouse strums and artful and sultry arpeggios...

Life outside FiddleBop? Most recently, Jo was a one-to-one support worker for a charity called Young Dementia UK. She loves walking, painting large pictures, spending time with her actor son Reuben Beau Davies, and being married to Dave.

Jazz with Gypsy zing!