Jo McCafferty is a singer-songwriter and composer from Aberdeen, Scotland. She has released seven albums to date:
- Nothing Whispered to Katy (1994)
- Radiaxial (2001)
- The 8 Year Gap (2003)
- Papercuts & Lime (2004)
- Games For One (2004) (best of and studio recordings)
- Live At The Moorings (2005) (plus studio recordings)
- Overtaking on a Bend (2010) (Full band)
Jo has spent time playing with many different bands and artists, including Midge Ure, Donnie Munro (Runrig), Fish, Marillion and Glenn Tilbrook. She has played in many venues including the Amsterdam Paradiso, Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom, Croydon’s Fairfield Halls, and many other locations throughout Europe and the US.
In 2005 Jo put together the Jo McCafferty Band to play with Amanda Palmer, singer from The Dresden Dolls. They went on to play a couple more times throughout the year, and brought a whole new sound to the usually acoustic material. In 2006 she was working on a new Band album called ‘Overtaking on a Bend’, and has seen her first foray into the world of soundtracks, recorded at her home studio. Jo went on to support Marillion again in Portsmouth in June 2007, as well playing as a special guest in 2011 at their fanclub Convention in Port Zelande, in the Netherlands.
Also in 2007 Jo was commissioned by NGT publishing who were producing a short documentary, “Dee and Don: Inspiration”. The documentary was an accompaniment to a book of the same name and was release in limited edition.
On 11 May 2009 Jo began recordings for ‘Overtaking on a Bend’, working with long time producer/engineer Grant Milne. The album is now available and she chronicled the making of the album through a blog. The cover art and inside CD sleeve depicts a 1950s Raymond Chandleresque noir vibe and was designed by Stuart Mitchell who had previously designed the cover for Papercuts and Lime.
The album ‘Overtaking on a Bend’ was officially released on 12 March 2010.
Since becoming a mother in 2012, she has pulled back from the live music scene but occasional outings have included performances with Joan Armatrading, and Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls (Wonder Stuff).