Open Water: Jazz inflected contemporary folk

Date/Time Sun 26 Mar 2023 8:00 PM

Price Online - £10 + £1 fee; On The Door - £12


Open Water are an acoustic trio steeped in the British Folk Tradition with influences of Celtic and American Bluegrass.

Based in the South East of England,  Open Water bring a fresh approach to acoustic music.

Joanne Doolan’s unique vocals emanate from her Welsh musical roots. An award winning vocalist,  she started to perform as a jazz vocalist whilst training as an actress at the prestigious Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.  Since then Jo has developed her vocal style to embrace folk and country styles.  Open Water’ features Joanne’s intriguing  lyric writing,  much influenced by the Romantic poets, ‘Shakespeare,’  Virginia Woolf, Rumi and the lyrics of Joni Mitchell.

Guitars and other stringed instruments are played by Jeff Alexander and Richard Rozze.

Jeff is an acoustic guitar specialist, particularly classical and flamenco styles. He has researched early music and plays the lute and related instruments, and has been heavily involved in folk and latin styles. Jeff has recently been interested in developing his own guitar tunings to create haunting melodies and fascinating textures. An enthusiastic and much respected educator, Jeff has worked at Canterbury Christ Church University as guitar tutor and lecturer since 1979.

Richard’s influences stem from rock, blues and jazz traditions. He is a former Graduate of London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he studied a Masters in Jazz. He currently teaches guitar and Jazz styles at Canterbury Christ Church University and has been involved in teaching on the Mehr Clef Jazz Summer Schools.

With refined vocal harmonies, Open Water create original music, taking folk music in new directions.  The trio have recorded and performed with double bassists Alex Keen and Dave Whitford.

Tracks have been featured on BBC Radio Cambridge, BBC Radio Kent and BBC Radio Shropshire Folk Shows

”Cracking they sound, magic. Very impressed by them indeed.” Doug Welch BBC Radio Kent Folk Show

….heart-breakingly poignant [and] liltingly nostalgic… Joanne Doolan has a beautiful voice that puts one in mind of June Tabor or Maddy Prior.” Kent JazzFolk