Big Voices Set to Make Waves at Ropetackle


Two of Europe’s most admired vocalists are appearing on the same stage when Jo Harman and Elles Bailey come to Ropetackle on Thursday 23rd May.

Headliner Jo is an award-winning international touring and recording artist proclaimed by the as ‘UK’s finest female soul blues voice’ who, according to Classic Rock, writes ‘lip-biting beautiful songs’. Bristol-based Elles is enjoying similar success, her latest release, the aptly named ‘Road I Call Home’, has already garnered some 500,000 Spotify streams since release and the album currently sits proudly in both the UK Official Country and Americana Charts, already having been number 1 in the hot new releases Amazon blues chart.

This is not the first time both ladies have appeared together. Having first met at one of Jo’s West Country shows, Jo subsequently invited Elles to be the support act on her 2017 ‘People We Become Tour’ and this Sussex show is a rare chance to see the pair reunited when Elles opens the Shoreham show as Jo’s very special guest.

Says Jo ‘Elles is one the hardest working people in the business, showing us all just how to an independently minded artist can achieve success on their own terms. Apart from being extremely talented, Elles also one of the nicest people I know, so I’m looking forward to seeing her again at Ropetackle on 23rd May’

Radio 2 play-listed artist Jo, who Rag N Bone man took to Twitter to proclaim ‘one of Britain’s finest talents’, is touring to promote the release of her double EP set ‘Found A Place’ from which the single ‘Cloudy’ has itself attracted rave reviews; BBC London’s Robert Elms called it ‘his favourite music of the moment’ whilst Echoes Magazine Editor, Chris Wells, proclaimed Jo ‘probably UK’s finest vocalist’ on the basis of its release.

Both Jo and Elles recorded their latest studio albums in Nashville, and both are no stranger to international touring: Elles is about to embark on extensive touring in Germany and Eastern Europe, as well as appearing at Rambling Man Festival, while Jo has her own upcoming Festivals in Poland. Serbia, France and Norway, as well appearing at Sussex’s own Love Supreme Festival as special guest vocalist on Orphy Robinson MBE’s ‘Astral Weeks’ project.


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