I’m Jane Willow and I’m a Dublin-based Dutch folk musician. I moved to Ireland in 2011. I was fascinated with Irish music and the vibrant busking and open mic scene. In 2017 I decided to go for it and I released my first single ‘On My Mind’. In the past 3 years I’ve played in well known Irish music venues like Vicar Street, The Button Factory and Whelan’s. I’ve done shows in Ireland, The Netherlands and Germany. And I’ve been the support act for Andy Irvine, Glen Hansard, Paddy Casey, The Unthanks, David Kitt, Aoife Scott and Kíla. My songs have received radioplay on RTE Radio 1, BBC Radio Ulster and Radio Nova. Also, in these last 3 years I’ve released 1 EP and 5 singles. It’s been an incredible journey!
Over the past few years I’ve also been working on my debut album. On this album I’ll have my amazing band with the addition of a string quartet. Anthony Gibney will be on sound, mixing and co-production and Joe Csibi (head of the RTE Concert Orchestra) has done the string arrangements. And my band includes Scott Flanigan (piano: Van Morrison), Alice Grollero (bass) and Dave Hingerty (drums: Josh Ritter, Kíla, Glen Hansard). The album will take influences from Nick Drake, Leonard Cohen, Richard Hawley and Bill Callahan.
Why Crowdfunding / Fund It?
If you want to help independent musicians like myself release more music, you can help by pre-ordering the album or choosing one of the other rewards like a socially distant House Concert (5 to 15 audience members depending on restrictions). Or a T-shirt, Tote Bag, Concert Tickets, Video Call, Songwriting/Guitar Lesson and more. Please make sure to send me your post address details for delivery of the signed CDs.
This album will cost me at least €10.000 (or more like €13.000) to make, I can cover half these fees myself with some of my savings, but need help covering the other €5.000. Expenses include; recording studios (Audioland Studios & Ventry Studios), musician fees, rehearsal fees, string arrangements, the string quartet, music videos, CD duplication, mastering, and online distrubution. And with corona; with cancellation of gigs it means artists like me rely solely on album sales for income.
I believe there are music lovers that will help me raise the target of €5000. If I raise more I'll get to shoot shoot a more high budget short film style music video for my song 'Let There Be Light'! I'll be recording the album over the autumn/winter. The album's official release date might be pushed back with corona (2021 or 2022), but funders will receive the album months before its official release with the bonus song!
Thanks for supporting me and my band and for being so lovely. Feel free to spread the word too!
I hope I’ll see you around, at a socially distant house concert or, one day, at a real gig again!
Mailing List: www.janewillow.com/mail
Photos: Ray Keogh, Stefan Tivodar