27 October 2014
Musician/singer/bassist Jack Bruce died this week. I had the honor of playing a few shows with him in 1988. A truly great experience - he brought massive innovation and originality to music. There was truly no-one like him and his voice lives on. I was in the Cream fan club at age 14!!
Here is my version of "I Feel Free"
8 September 2014
Joy will be playing THISSFEST next Summer, see links below for details!
August 7, 2014
DRUNK ON YOU
Great news for Joy Askew's CD "DRUNK ON YOU"!
"Drunk On You" now has broader worldwide distribution through Larry Fast's label "Third Contact" and eOne distribution. The CD can be found on over 200 digital outlets, with a new E booklet available and also as an actual physical CD at retailers in the US and Canada.
Here's a great new pic of Joy taken by Steph Woman.
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In June I was happy to play a concert at a local chateau in France owned by British artist Michael Jackson and his wife Ali. Mark Beumer joined me on percussion and vocals as I played a set on the beautiful Bechstein piano.
Here's a pic of the chateau, Michael with his art, and the piano along with percussion 'instruments' used (as you can see, some of them were improvised, but still very effective and musical!). (Click on image for enlargement)
Click here to read a piece on Joy's friend Sue's blog about the Chateau performance (and more).
29 May 2014
On May 29th I played an incredibly enjoyable concert with my NY Brass Band at BRIC Arts Media on "B-Sides" - an HD TV show that goes out live! The Brass Band is: Dan Urness, Steve Bernstein Tpts, Rob Jost, French Horn, JC Sanford, Trombone and Marcus Rojas, Tuba.
Here's a link to one song ('Queen Victoria') from that concert.
4 March 2014
9 January 2014
Here are the details of my first ever concert tour of Germany!
I am happy to say that I will be touring with my Brooklyn pal and co-writer Misty Boyce - she will play keys, guitar and sing backup for me. We are picking up a rhythm section there, so it will be a full band. I expect to be performing quite a bit with my looping pedals as well.The sets will be full length - 90 minutes- So looking forward to stretching out and singing some songs that I haven't sung for quite a while along with new ones.
Check the upcoming shows section for dates... comprehensive details to follow.
22 November 2013
Had a wonderful time hearing and hanging with the one and only Bonnie Raitt on November 20th. Her voice is sublime as is the groove of the band. It was a very intimate concert in Westbury LI.
Thanks to Ricky Fataar for the ticket!
Click here to see a larger photo.
22 November 2013
I am pleased to announce The Sirens of Brooklyn concert this Xmas! I conduct and sing in this very fun choir!
On Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 at 7:30PM, the Sirens of Brooklyn Choir will be singing Christmas Carols and other Holiday songs at the historic Plymouth Church on Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights. The choir has grown substantially this year and will include over 20 New York based indie songstresses.
Tickets are $12 advance / $15 door. You can purchase tickets in advance here.
All proceeds from this concert will go to support the Sirens of Brooklyn Girls Music Education Fund.
23 August 2013
Huffington Post praises 'Little Darling' from Joy's 'Tender City' album...
"Little Darling" by Joy Askew - If you like Rickie Lee Jones (whose "Live at Red Rocks" is one of the greatest live recordings of all time) then you will be blown away by this song. The piano and bass are so soft and precious. Joy's ethereal voice will move anyone with a beating heart. This song is magic."
Click here for full story.
Two notable upcoming shows:
On 29 August 2013, Joy will play a short set as guest of 'Never The Bride', named one of the 'best live bands in the UK' by BBC2, at Half Moon in Putney.
Click here for flyer.
On 3 October 2013, Joy and Forge The Bell will be performing alongside a number of great bands at Rockwood Music Hall in "Bands for Bears" presented by Animals Asia. See upcoming dates section for details or click here to view the event website or click here for the Press Release. Funds raised will benefit Animals Asia's End Bear Bile Farming program.
16 July 2013
Coming up: A
surprise show with my band Forge the Bell on August 6th here in NYC - we are all gone at various times for the summer but managed to converge for this one date!
I'm looking forward to playing in London again- and at the Half Moon in Putney- quite a famous and long established small venue.
I have never played there before but know the pub well as back in the early 70's while rehearsing with Ralph McTell for his "Streets of London" tour, we frequented the Half Moon pub after work was done- EVERY night, often with guitar great Bert Jansch in tow!
I'll feel at home.....
6 June 2013
The Forge The Bell CD is now availble to sample and buy – through Bandcamp – here on our site (see the link to the right).
6 June 2013
Great News! The brand new Forge the Bell CD "Stations On A Map" will be sold amongst the merchandise on the upcoming David Byrne/Saint Vincent Summer Tour!
This is a wonderful opportunity for Forge the Bell to be heard and at the moment, CD's are available exclusively on this tour. We have been working away to finish our first CD in time! (Click on cover to see larger)
Please click here for tour dates where you can see FTB's very own Daniel Mintseris playing keys and sound design. The tour covers the US, UK & Europe.
"Stations On A Map" has 6 brand new tracks recorded by FTB and beautiful cover art by Chris Kornmann and photography by Stan Schnier. It will be available on Bandcamp and iTunes soon - standby for news of that!
14 March 2013
Here is a previously unseen photo from the "Joni's Jazz" concert Central Park Summerstage 1999. What a thrill to share the stage with Joni Mitchell and so many other wonderful artists ( including Chaka Khan, Vernon Reid, Jane Siberry & Duncan Shiek!). I performed 2 Joni songs - "Coyote" with the amazing band and "Down To You" as a duet with Joe Jackson. I also got to sing backup for Chaka Khan and Joni.
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23 February 2013
This week I was in a group of singers who got together and tried SHAPE NOTE singing! An American method of learning a melody from the early 1800's, the method has been described thus: "A skilled singer experienced in a shape note tradition has developed a fluent triple mental association, which links a note of the scale, a shape, and a syllable." Hmmm.......but if you can already sight read music it is most baffling and confusing! But we had great fun, it was a challenge and the words are all about religiosity and celebrating death in faith!
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Additionally, check out the Upcoming Shows section for two new Forge The Bell shows.
15 February 2013
Here are a couple of pics of Joy at a recent Forge the Bell show in Brooklyn (click on the image for an enlargement).
18 January 2013
There is a great article about Laurie Anderson's movie performance piece "Home Of The Brave" which you can read here. In the article there is a link to a great quality clip from the movie - Joy gets mentioned in the article and seen on keyboards in the movie... check out that awesome 80's hair!
7 January 2013
||Click on the image on the left to view the poster for the "Forge The Bell" performance at Shapeshifter Lab on 15 January 2013.
20 December 2012
The Sirens of Brooklyn just recorded 3 songs for the Xmas season.
One of us, Dawn Landes has the wonderful studio Saltlands in Dumbo and so we were able to get a lovely sound.
Here's a small selection: A Roches song, a Bulgarian chant and an old favorite!
To listen please go to: http://www.sirensofbrooklyn.com
19 December 2012
||Here's a great new photo of Joy taken by Manish Gosalia
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7 December 2012
Just released: 'Home On The Range' - a benefit CD with tracks from Bright Eyes,Yoko Ono, Nellie Mckay, Chrissie Hynde, Nicky Garrat of UK Subs, Justin Sane of Anti-Flag Joy Askew and more! Click here to visit the project's facebook page.
27 November 2012
December is upon us and I'm happy to say that I will be performing 3 separate events this month!
1. The Sirens of Brooklyn (Indie girls choir that I conduct & sing in!)
The 7 Train Sessions, 11th Installment
Wednesday, December 5th, 8pm-11pm (performance halfway thru)
Will take place at the home of James Rickman & Natalie Kuhn
2272 23rd Street, Long Island City (take the 7 train!)
2. East African Girls' Leadership Initiative Fundraiser
On Thursday, December 6th, 2012, Mia MacDonald of Brighter Green and Pamela Kraft of Tribal Link will provide an update on the initiative. Singer-songwriter Joy Askew will perform. Grace Silau, mentor for many of the girls, will speak on the project's importance.
Maasai beadwork and art will be available for sale.
Light refreshments will be served.
Contact: Please RSVP to: email@example.com
Click here for full concert details
3. Live at Rockwood Musichall (Solo with guests)
Tuesday December 18th @ 7.30pm
196 Allen St NYC
www.rockwoodmusichall.com for details
I hope to see you there and wishing you a wonderful holiday season!
Blood In My Eyes Concert
Above: Joy with Jamie Lawson & Judie & Bailey Tzuke
The concert of Bob Dylan songs on November 8th at Testbed1 in London was a great success and raised over 10,000 pounds for Columbian children's charity FOCSA. We had many different artists performing 1 Bob Dylan song each and everyone did a great and diverse job!
I also got to sing with Tony O'Malley from the legendary band Kokomo. This definitely was a great moment for me - I was a huge fan when the band was big in the 70's. FINALLY!.... here's a pic of Tony performing "Forever Young" with me on harmonies- it just felt great!
6 November 2012
While America votes I'm out and about in London (having got my vote in early!) and we are gearing up for the concert of Dylan songs on Nov 8th "Blood In My Eyes" that I've been helping organize. We have 14 artists playing and it is a very varied roster! I am performing "The Times They Are A Changin'" on my looping pedal and I can't wait to hear all the other songs.
I brought some good sunny weather with me to London (leaving the storm behind) - here's a pic taken from the South-bank. What a week for NY and the East Coast! I feel strange that I missed it all....a benefit for the Hurricane victims and damage is in the works.
23 October 2012
I was honored to be part of Cynthia King's "Framed" Dance performance on October 6th. I co-composed and recorded a musical piece for the dance "Ghosts" and performed in realtime with the dancers and track. The Dance and music depicts animal ghosts rising from their graves and letting their spirits move freely in longing and love of the life they lost! Here's a pic!
I will be heard on Taintradio!
Brian Cullman hosts his show on October 26th and one of my tracks will be keeping company with some great music! Check out Taintradio here: http://taintradio.org
My London trip is coming up soon. We have many lovely artists booked for the Bob Dylan concert of the photo exhibition "Blood In My Eyes".
I'll be re-connecting with many old friends and colleagues from London days and more and many a Dylan song will be sung! Please see flier here.
8 October 2012
I'm thrilled to release this new and wonderful video of my song "You Have To Think"!
It was shot by Nadia Ackerman in the wilds of the Catskill mountains and upstate NY with the help of my friends Peter Calandra and Nadine Thomas. I needed a different persona to be both the giver and receiver of the message in the song, so I chose a FOX in a DRESS! With that adorable look and Nadia's expert eye I think the song truly comes to life.
We had a great trip out into nature as well, with gorgeous views and locations, incredible hospitality from Pete, Nadine and Sparky the dog, lots of vegan food and fun helping Pete make the signpost (which has Runes written on it).
28 September 2012
Rehearsing with my band is such a JOY! Almost a luxury some would say...and we certainly make the most of our time together.
Back in the 80's & 90's when I played with artists embarking on huge world tours ( or even parts of) rehearsals would often be 12 hours a day for many weeks! I think those days are over....but certainly for the Indie artist that I am!! It is a few hours of hitting it hard and organisation over e mail with tracks and ideas on iPhones (which we didn't used to have).
Here's a pic of guitarist Steve Elliott creating in our rehearsal room. Robert Di Pietro and Richard Hammond are the rhythm section - we realised we are surprisingly International: Steve is Canadian, Richard is a Kiwi, Robert is from Long Island and I am a Brit!
We are videoing the show on Sunday Sept. 30th as finally I get to be more front of stage (at Rockwood 2) than stuck in a corner behind the piano with only my head sometimes visible! (Rockwood1).
Other exciting news is that on October 6th some music I co-composed will be part of a special dance performance in NYC by Cynthia King Dance.It is an honor. In rehearsal last week, someone hearing and watching for the first time as this piece unfolded was moved to tears! Powerful stuff from Cynthia! - she has tireless dedication and compassion in her work.
Please click here to see the flier.
And some more exciting updates:
• I'm off to London & France!
• I have been organising a concert in London on Nov 8th of Bob Dylan songs with 15 different artists! This will be part of an event at the close of an exhibition of rare Bob Dylan photographs at Testbed1 - a super gallery! More on this soon.
• And Finally- I have just booked a solo show in Toulouse France! Nov 15th. details to follow
13 May 2012
||Joy singing with Nadia Ackerman on a track by their friend Janean Lesyk
10 May 2012
Thanks to all who came out to my last show at Rockwood Musichall. A somewhat historic gig for me as Graham Maby played bass and I think its been over 20 years since we played together. Joe Jackson showed up to cheer his former bandmates on! With Robert DiPietro on Drums and Larry Saltzman on guitar making up the band we were joined by Misty Boyce and Liz Tormes for some harmonies. Fun Gig!
A fabulous review of The Beatles Complete On Ukulele- A project by David Barratt that I'm happy to be a part of- and I get a favorable mention and pic here! There's a few surprise guest appearances as well - read here to find out more!
ALSO- I will be volunteering at this event Sat May 12th in NYC for Animals Asia.
Jill Robinson who runs the organisation that rescues moon bears in China is one of the most inspiring people on the planet!
The event is at Moo Shoes - a cruelty free fantastically hip shoe store - no slouch either!
29 April 2012
On Saturday morning at 10.30 AM I appeared on Jerry Treacy's WFDU-FM "Crash on the Levee", a free-form roots music radio program heard in the NYC area on 89.1 FM, 9A-12 EST, and on-line at: www.wfdu.fm
Singing with me were Misty Boyce and Liz Tormes (the Do Or Die Twins) - fierce Ladies of song themselves! We are excited to be singing a Band/Emmy Lou Harris cover!
Next week it is into rehearsal with my band for my next show on May 2nd at Rockwood Musichall. I am so thrilled to be reuniting on the same stage with bassist Graham Maby (Joe Jackson Band) ...we spent many a night on stage together way back when.
Thanks to Kay Cordtz for a lovely review in the May/June issue of Elmore magazine .... "you notice beautiful and clever touches of instrumentation and turns of phrase..." you can read the whole thing in the press section.
Special shout out to my friend Nadia Ackerman who's gallery show went up last night in NYC at The Cell Theater - you can still go see her wonderful artwork by making an appointment:
Also check out this fab pic by Liz Tormes shot at our fave Bedford Stuyvesant wall and which is also heavily featured in my new long awaited video of "Drunk On You" (which you can see in the video section below!)
7 April 2012
On Monday April 23rd I will be singing at the Coalition to Ban Horse Drawn Carriages fundraiser here in NYC. please see the flier below. Liz Tormes will be helping me out with the harmonies. This is usually a fun event with exquisite food and this year they have some distinguished speakers and several performers. Please go to their site to find out about this organization and all they are doing (and click here to download the flier).
On Friday April 13th I will be joining Liz Tormes on her show at the American Folk Art Museum 2 Lincoln Square, New York, NY 10023 (at Lincoln center)
6pm. It has been inspiring singing with Liz lately and we have a new (as yet unnamed) project in the works that will be debuting on April 16th At the New York Academy of Art's Tribeca Ball. More about this special project to come, but before that show I will be joining Misty Boyce on her show at Rockwood Musichall on April 15th to play a song we penned together.
Wrapping up April will be a radio appearance on WFDU Jerry Treacy's Saturday morning show April 28th at 11am. I will be playing 4 songs live with the help of both Liz and Misty on harmonies and percussion. You can tune in online.
Finally... on May 2nd I will be playing at Rockwood Musichall with my full band. We will play some songs from my last CD "Drunk On You" and some new ones. I am excited to have bassist Graham Maby playing with me in my band for the first time! We played oodles of shows together in the past as he is the famous bass player from the Joe Jackson band and plays on all of his classic hits. It will be a doubly great reunion on May 2nd as guitarist Larry Saltzman joins us also for the show. He played in my band in the late 80's!