The Manatees have surfaced from beneath the railway arches of Cardiff to play their dynamic mix of bluesy, rootsy, garagey goodness. A unique trio with cactus juice running through their veins. Float through the night and join them for a shot of spaghetti western, a hint of Lynch and a fistful of Tarantino.
Laurence Made Me Cry is songstress, artist and multi-instrumentalist Jo Whitby’s moniker. There’s an odd familiarity about Whitby’s music. Her songs bring with them a sense of timelessness and warmth like meeting up with an old friend. Whitby left her birthplace of Bristol in 2008 to cross over the Severn and establish her roots in the Welsh Capital Cardiff. She never looked back.
In recent years Laurence Made Me Cry has performed at Sŵn, Wales Goes Pop and Green Man Festival as well as making it on to Glastonbury’s 2013 Emerging Talent longlist. As LMMC Whitby has supported the likes of Erin Lang, Rachel Sermanni and Meursault and having received the Musicians Benevolent Fund ‘Emerging Excellence Award’ in February 2013 she headed out on her first tour around the UK in the autumn.
In 2013 Whitby released her debut album The Diary Of Me, a worldwide collaborative record made possible by a successful crowd-funding project. Featuring contributions from artists such as Pulco, Diane Marie Kloba, Freddie Nunez and Salwa Azar - The Diary Of Me is a reflective and intimate exploration, a truly interactive journey taken by all the participants – collaborators and listeners alike. The album was shortlisted for the 2013 Welsh Music Prize.
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