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BIO

A singer songwriter who absolutely writes from the soul.

"Telling a story that people can relate to, is so important to me with my songs, but what comes first, every time, is the sound - always searching for open chords, dissonance, resonance, tension... and from that comes an atmosphere, a direction of feeling that the song needs to take, that almost describes the lyrics that follow."

 
Joe is really at home interacting with his audience. Weaving humorous stories of life's experiences with sensitive thought provoking lyrics and soothing melodies.
His music sits somewhere amidst a cross section of John Martyn, Damien Rice a Nick Drake. Whilst imaginative metaphors, intersperse, carefully crafted lyrical pictures.

I'm based in rural Staffordshire and drag my guitar around the region and the UK, anywhere that will listen!

You will find me at various festivals around the UK and I love the intimacy of 'House Concerts' and the ‘café’ scene- so drop me a line and see if I am free...

One man and a guitar often get labelled as 'folk' 'indie folk' 'neu folk' but whether its slow ballads or uptempo rhythmic songs they are usually confessionary, or observational but always contemporary in lyrical content…


I love the music of Nick Drake, Scott Matthews, Damien Rice, Tom Baxter, John Martyn, Bon Iver, and any other great story tellers who like to mix up their sounds in a way,  that's a little off the norm and I hope they have passed on some goods vibes to me…

Thank you so much for listening

.... If you're never heard Joe sing , then you should make the effort and go to one of his gigs, his soft mellow speaking voice transcends into his vocal performance, to soft, yet punctuated high tenor that's barely a whisper , but can be heard in the back of the room , and in contrast, his baritone - vibrato rich and full, resounds in your chest as you listen....A headline act that can grace any venue in the country

-  Birch & Stock folk club

A lyrical legend...

Brian Carrie Dublin

  A wonderful vocalist and sensitive guitar player with original songs complimenting his style. His amiable chat between  songs made it feel like a carpet had been placed on the stone floor! 

The audience went extra quiet during his set and he got loud applause for a lovely song about a homeless guy and a slightly quirky song about Rose Tyler from Dr.Who. Methinks he was in love with her..!   

 

....highly recommended.

Joe Bayliss is one of those very best and provided us with a wonderful set of melodic and heartfelt songs that captivated the audience from beginning to the end. 

- Shirley Folk club

Singer/songwriter....fantastic guitarist.. This guy is amazing! A previous feature act here at The Stratford Alehouse ond the Folk Club.

- Bill Obrien Stratford Alehouse

There are far too many quotes of his performance/appearance at other venues to list here so have just picked one that mirrors my own thoughts ….’I can listen to Joe all day…a great storyteller whose songs paint great pictures in your imagination, whilst his voice takes you on a soothing journey. He’s also one of the nicest people you will ever meet...

Red Lion Folk club

"...The setting was perfectly accompanied by Joe's songs and stories full of nostalgia, love and loss. His performance was deeply personal and thought-provoking.....

All the songs were written from the heart, intertwined with humour, which all members of the audience were able to laugh along with and enjoy.

I would highly recommend Joe's show for a brilliant Buxton Fringe musical experience! "

Alic Featherstone-Buxton fringe

- Will Morgan Brewood Acoustic Club

 

..confident, easy style ... with  subjects drawn from life portrayed  with feeling and uniqueness...a welcome visitor to our club     

 

Doug Armstrong - sofa sessions

 

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