East Leeds Magazine – Oct ’17
Fuzzy Jones – A Truly Original Voice
‘Fuzzy’s voice is like something you heard in a dream, truly original’ Corinne Bailey Rae
Anyone who has passed through the doors of Chapel FM in the last couple of years will probably be familiar with centre manager Fuzzy Jones. But unless you’ve been there for one of their special nights such as the Bowie night a while ago, then you might not be aware Fuzzy is a unique singer-songwriter of some repute.
Fuzzy won Best Song at London Screenwriters’ Festival in February 2014. Swans, (co-written by Neil Innes), was featured in the first crowd sourced feature film, ‘50 Kisses’ and her music has been supported by Stuart Maconie on Freak Zone, BBC6 Music, Radio Leeds, York, Manchester & Lincolnshire, BBC Introducing, Radio DIVA, Chapel FM and many other online shows. She was also a semi-finalist in the UK Songwriting Competition 2013.
In 2007 Fuzzy and former co-writer Neil Innes formed a band called Love of the Brave. Together they built an analogue studio in Headingley, which they named ATA (All Things Analogue), housing vintage equipment from the 1960s and 1970s and included an 1894 Beckstein piano, with no legs, rescued from a warehouse.
Fuzzy: ‘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’.
Last year she released Junk Shop Folk EP as a solo artist, where she conjures vivid urban tales of everyday life and her lyrics draw you in around melamine tables and kitsch faded orange cafes. Lovingly and humbly crafted in former Chapel FM producer Simon ‘Handmade’ Fletcher’s kitchen …with the help of some pots and pans. Then in May this year, Fuzzy went back to her wonderful analogue sanctuary ATA (All Things Analogue) Studios, and recorded her new 45″ single, Blue Jean (No.45).
“Junk Shop Folk is what I call my brand of music, as well as my first solo EP. I use it as a hash tag on social media etc and it kind of means very down to earth and something almost familiar but you’re not sure why, a bit like a picture you might find in a junk shop. Blue Jean No.45 is a political anti-Trump-anti-war song. There are a lot of horrible things happening in the world right now and really we are powerless to do anything about it, so it’s my way of protesting. Blue Jean is me telling myself to do something about it. The 45 is because it’s a single played at 45 revolutions a minute.”
Fuzzy 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, through to contemporary chamber pop and alt-folk artists like Dawn Landes, St Vincent, My Brightest Diamond, Patrick Watson and Father John Misty. And her guilty pleasure? Barbra Streisand.
She currently gigs all over the country and beyond – recently gracing the stages of Manchester & Leeds Pride, Green Man Festival, Port Eliot Festival, Underneath the Stars, Howard Assembly Rooms among others. Look out for the Leeds single launch in late October, she also has a gig at the Albert in Hebden Bridge in aid of Oxjam on 28th October.