Laurence Made Me Cry is the persona of Cardiff based lo-fi folk/electronica songstress, artist and multi-instrumentalist Jo Whitby. Whitby's use of folk and rock roots combined with electronic instruments and organic sounds spawn a myriad of landscapes and pictures for listeners' imagination to delve into. In 2011 she released ‘The Rain Song EP’ which gained instant airplay on BBC and local radio. Jo has supported the likes of Erin Lang, Rachel Sermanni and Meursault as well as performing to a busy and attentive crowd at 2012’s Swn festival. Her debut album ‘The Diary Of Me’, a collaborative record made possible by a successful crowd-funding project, was released in March 2013.
Laurence Made Me Cry is a Musicians Benevolent Fund 2013 ‘Emerging Excellence Award’ holder.
“Jo has a lovely songwriting sensibility and voice”
- Ruth Barnes, The Other Woman
“Although tear-stained and tender this is redemptive music to make your heart sing. As intense experiences go this is one worth immersing yourself in. Simply gorgeous.”
- Dave Owens, Western Mail
“Folk entangled with electronic touches and organic sounds paint a myriad of pictures and I can’t wait to hear more”
- Bethan Elfyn, BBC Radio Wales
“This is, for all its veneer of detached solitude, an album of spectacular and glorious beauty, filled with an artists’ joy of discovery and the enchantment that lurk, waiting to be found, should we have eyes to see and a mind to explore, even in the world’s most unlikely crevices.”
- Mark, Dandelion Radio – Unwashed Territories
“Whitby’s willingness to experiment and play around with the raw materials is a constant throughout the album, helping to elevate this from a home-made curiosity into an album of depth which rewards repeat listens.”
- Tom White, For Folk’s Sake
“Her dulcet tones remind me of Thea Gilmore and Tori Amos albeit with a more lighter folk accompaniment. Pretty pretty…”
- Shell Zenner, Louder Than War
The artwork for the single is by Gill Whitby gillwhitby.com