It was the tail end of NXNE 2015 and the Cameron House was fairly quiet at 1:00AM. The upside of this is that whenever something like it occurs at a festival I always feel like I am getting a somewhat private performance, in this case from a world class act. It was an intimate experience. The Jessica Stuart Few is like no other band. This is mostly due to their incredibly inimitable sound.
Jessica Stuart is the frontwoman and composer. She plays both guitar and koto, a giant Japanese harp. Jessica is also an exceptional guitarist and her lyrics are often both dark and playful, at other times joyful and curious. JSF play a mélange of jazzy folk-rock. Her instrumental trio is tight and bouncy and provided the perfect background to her own virtuosic instrumental and vocal performance. Jessica has a lovely falsetto and a timbre reminiscent of Joni Mitchell. This sort of music fuses tradition with exploration, something we sorely need more of.
One of the more interesting somewhat random facts about this Toronto-based band is that they are big in Japan. No joke, The Jessica Stuart Few actually have a Top 40 single in Japan titled, ‘Don’t Ya’. With a growing global fanbase, JSF tour Asia and Australia regularly. This band sounds like Joan Baez and David Grisman’s secret love affair in Japan. If you enjoy expanding your horizons, do check out The Jessica Stuart Few here:
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