ALICE JAGO RTE /RAAP BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST FOLK / ROOTS BURSARY WINNER 2011-
Alice Jago Released her critically acclaimed Debut Album 'Born Stubborn' to in May 2010 available in all good record stores & iTunes
...Beautifully produced.. exquisite debut .. a breezier Gillian Welch, a folkier Rickie Lee Jones ,a touch of Dusty on the vocal'..**** Hotpress
Breezy & full of the kind of freshness that renders a radio signal radioactive...She's a songwriter distinctly in control of her own voice and its one that imitates sweet secrets well worthy of the listeners cocked ear.A spirit stiring debut *** Irish Times
Alice 's first ever release ' New St South' single went straight onto the RTE RADIO 1 Playlist a firm favorite on nationwide radio including BBC Ulster, Galway Bay Fm, Newstalk,WLRFM ( Album of the week) She performed for the Sandy Harsch RTE Radio 1 show for RTE Big Music Week 2011 after winning the RTE/ RAPP breakthrough artist folk /roots bursary award. She also performed on TG4 Imeall show. Phantom Fm Sunday took a shine to her wistful guitar lines of the closer 'Lullaby' her finest & most fragile vocal on the album. 4fm likened the folk fueled 'Cotton on Girl' as did BBC6 Music radio show.
Alice has shared the stage with many musical luminaries, from Damien Dempsey to The Be Good Tanya's,The Walls, Republic of Loose, Eric Bogle, The 4 of Us, LIR,The Byrd's Roger McGuinn, Jape, The Frames, Declan O Rourke amongst others in venues such a Vicar Street to Whelans. She has also guested with Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott ( Beautiful South, The Housemartins) on more than one Irish Tour. Alice has also performed at the Blue Balls Festival in Luzerne Switzerland which saw her play alongside the likes of Calexico & Elvis Costello.
...Her crooked, still vocals wrap themselves around ' Born Stubborn' , stretching syllables in unlikely places, and hinting at a talent emerging from its chrysalis with a healthy impatience'- Irish Times
... Neat rhyming couplets and louche-limbed melodies peeping out from under a look that’s gazing decidedly askance at the world. Folk-fuelled arrangements, including banjo and bouzouki...but the wistful guitar lines whisper of a kinship with the more left-field musings of Joanna Newsom- Irish Times .
'The title tune is a slow sway with transcendental middle-eight, 'Cotton On Girl' a self- administered slap across the chops stitched with banjo,handclaps and communal choruses. Both feel like they were written 200 years ago,and may well be written again 200 years from now. Jago also seems to have an instinct for just the right modulation required to lift a song out of merit into distinction. She does waltzes, she does shuffles,she does winsome and wistful and exasperated and lovelorn, often within the same verse..Alice Jago is a girl you don't hear everyday. Peter Murphy- Writer.