Sunday 15th September Main Stage

Motown legend Martha Reeves summed it up perfectly, describing Joanna Cooke as “the baby girl singing the blues”. Joanna, much like her South West blonde counterparts, Joss Stone and Jo Harman, demonstrates that true soul and emotional connection is not simply constrained by colour or creed. Moreover, her self-penned songs leave a lasting impression on audiences, by dint of their raw honesty and song craft.

Joanna’s back story is that she grew up in a strict but passionately artistic family, where her father’s blues records by greats such as Howling Wolf and Robert Johnson became the soundtrack to her upbringing. Joanna had a restless desire for music. She taught herself piano on a keyboard she found in a skip and was soon writing songs that brought people to tears.

Fast forward a few years and this self-sufficiency, drive and talent now sees Joanna performing with big name artists, supporting the likes of Rag N Bone Man and Paloma Faith, and playing her own shows at both Festivals and not venues.

Cutting her teeth with 3 initial EP’s, all of which all drew positive reviews, 2021 saw Jo step it up a gear releasing 2 more notable singles, “No Stranger To The Blues” and “Give It Up”. Both were recorded 100% live with the renowned Masterlink house band (aka the multi million streaming band ‘Redtenbacher’s Funkestra’) featuring musicians whose credits included the likes of Elton John, David Bowie, Tom Jones and Van Morrison. Both tracks attracted international airplay, with ‘No Stranger To The Blues’ also being chosen by Spotify for the editorial playlist NU-BLUE.

More new music is on it’s way, with 2022 seeing the release of Joanna’s new 6 track EP ‘Kaleidoscope’, which will be available in CD format) with selected singles being released digitally from late January onwards. Stylish arrangement and production comes from well respected polymath musician/producer/arranger Mark Edwards, (Carleen Anderson, Beth Rowley) who brings out the very best from Cooke and her songs.

“It’s time Joanna Cooke was taken seriously as a contender in the world of Soul, Blues and Pop (with a big P)”
– Listen With Monger

“Joanna Cooke has a whole lot of soul inside of her”
– Music Is My Life

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