“Fuzzy’s voice is like something you heard in a dream, truly original.” Corinne Bailey Rae
Fuzzy Jones is an award winning singer-songwriter and the queen of Junk Shop Folk based in Leeds, UK. She conjures up vivid urban tales of the everyday and her lyrics draw you in around melamine tables, of kitsch faded orange cafes. It has been said that “the sweetness of her voice brings some peace of mind and her bunch of witty songs, about wrecked relationships are softly sharp, softly accurate, and simply classy.” One young person recently described her music as “a pillow my soul would like to hug.” Miss Jones herself likes to describe her music as “a tea party with Joni Mitchell and David Bowie, where Burt Bacharach occasionally pops by for a coffee,” and she has cited influence from 1960s and 70s musicians, such as Bobbie Gentry, Grace Slick, Julie Driscoll, David Bowie, Serge Gainsbourg, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Nancy Priddy, Jimmy Webb, Scott Walker and Dusty Springfield, and Jazz greats like Billie Holiday, all the way to chamber pop and alt-folk artists of now, like Dawn Landes, St Vincent, My Brightest Diamond, Patrick Watson and Father John Misty. And her guilty pleasure is Barbra Streisand – but shhhh, don’t tell anyone!
Earlier this year she released her Junk Shop Folk EP, which had been lovingly and humbly crafted in Handmade Fletch’s kitchen; with the help of some pots and pans. You can download or order a copy of the EP from Fuzzy’s STORE. And this May, Fuzzy has been back at the wonderful analogue sanctuary ATA Studios, recording her new 45″ single, which will be released on vinyl in the Autumn. More info on the NEWS page.
Fuzzy’s music has been played on Stuart Maconie’s ‘Freak Zone’ BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio Leeds, York, Manchester & Lincolnshire, BBC Introducing, Radio DIVA, Chapel FM and many other online shows.
Her awards include ‘Best Song’ at London Screenwriters’ Festival in February 2014, for her song ‘Swans’ (co-written by Neil Innes) which was featured in the first crowdsourced feature film, ’50 Kisses’. She was also a semi-finalist in the UK Songwriting Competition 2013.
She currently gigs all over the country and beyond – gracing the stages of Leeds Pride, Green Man Festival, Underneath the Stars, Howard Assembly Rooms and many, many more.
They built a studio called ATA
In 2007 she and her former co-writer Neil Innes formed a band called Love of the Brave. With some fellow musicians, they built an analogue studio in Headingley, which they named ATA (All Things Analogue). This housed vintage equipment from the 1960s and 1970s plus an 1894 Beckstein piano, with no legs, rescued from a warehouse.
“The studio was built on a shoe string and out of this came our first set of studio recordings – a self-titled concept album, Love of the Brave – recorded on ex-Soviet Union microphones, discarded BBC tape and the same make and model of tape machine as The White Album was recorded on,” says Fuzzy.
In this sanctuary they wrote and recorded a catalogue of music ranging from Funk-Rock to Psychedelic Folk and regularly gigged throughout Leeds and Manchester, also playing at Lime Tree Festival and on Look North.
For more info on Love of the Brave go to Projects.
“If you read all that and got this far down the page, then you get a special free download code for my EP. Just get in CONTACT.
Cheers & ciao for now!” Fuzzy xx