On the Ciaran Dorris Sunday Session this week will be guest castaway the acclaimed singer-songwriter Jo Mango who is a Scottish multi-instrumentalist and new folk songwriter from Glasgow.
Her 2012 album release ‘Murmuration’ (Olive Grove) is a rare thing. Produced by nu-folk pioneer Adem – who befriended Mango as they toured together in part of a collaboration with Vashti Bunyan, David Byrne, Vetiver and Devendra Banhart – it is a hauntingly beautiful and yet challenging collection of songs.
As a lyricist, Jo displays the kind of range more often attributed to a short-story writer (she actually received a Doctorate in Musicology whilst completing the album) which is delivered in her almost impossibly fragile voice.
As a skilled multi-instrumentalist she deftly mixes sounds such as kalimba, omnichord, harmonium and guitar to reference influences like Linda Perhacs, Indonesian Gamelan, Scandinavian song and Gaelic Psalm singing.
‘Murmuration’ has been described as “prodigious talent” The List, “expertly crafted” The Skinny, “immensely charming” Evening Times, “the most beautiful thing you’ll hear all year” The Herald and like the aural equivalent of “watching David Lynch’s Eraserhead for the first time” Daily Record.
Jo Mango featured on the Celtic Connections 2013 Hazy Recollections session which was broadcast on Easter holiday Monday on Celtic Music Radio 1530AM.
Ciaran Dorris Sunday Session, Sunday 21 April 5.00-7.00pm and Catch Up anytime.