Jane Weaver

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Jane Weaver
Born 1972 (age 41–42)
Liverpool, England
Genres Acoustic, Folk, Alternative
Instruments Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Labels Bird Records, an offshoot of Twisted Nerve Records
Website Kill Laura, Misty Dixon

Jane Weaver is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Liverpool, England. She runs the record label Bird.

Background[edit]

Weaver has performed as part of the Britpop group Kill Laura, the folktronica project Misty Dixon and as a solo artist.

Between 1993 and 1996 Kill Laura released five singles, two on Polydor and three on the Manchester Records label run by Rob Gretton. Her solo career began shortly after the demise of Kill Laura, and following a number of singles Weaver's first album, Like An Aspen Leaf, was released in 2002.[1] It featured contributions from Andy Votel, Dave Tyack, Rick Tomlinson (Voice of the Seven Woods), Sam Yates, Naomi Hart and two members of Elbow, Craig Potter and Richard Jupp.[2] Since then, she has released three more albums. Seven Day Smile (2006) was a collection of home recordings that featured the band Doves on its title track. The NME review of Cherlokalate (2007) declared that “Jane Weaver is the sound of Cat Power if she’d grown up next door to Oasis, stealing their Beatles records and outshining them at the school Christmas concert”.[3] Fallen By Watchbird was released in 2010. The Guardian wrote “Psych folk is back. It may have died out with the hippies in the 1970s, but now it has merged with folktronica, and the result here is not as twee and pretentious as one might fear… Weaver's fragile, unworldly voice is carefully balanced against more muscular backing”.[4] The album also received a four (out of five) star review in Mojo.[5]

Weaver formed Misty Dixon in 2002, and the band released one album, Iced To Mode (2003).

Bird Records is an offshoot of Twisted Nerve Records and is run by Weaver. It was founded in 2002 and mainly releases recordings by contemporary female folk artists. Most notably, Bird has released the 2007 compilation album Bearded Ladies (jointly with the Finders Keepers reissue label). The album brought together both contemporary and vintage psych folk female singers such as Brigitte Fontaine, Bonnie Dobson, Susan Christie and Cate Le Bon. The album has spawned a club night at the Dulcimer bar in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester.[6]

Weaver appears on the cover artwork of the 2002 Badly Drawn Boy album, Have You Fed the Fish?.

A vocal sample from Weaver's track "Silver Chord" was also used on "Another's Arms" from Coldplay's 2014 album, Ghost Stories.


Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Like An Aspen Leaf (mini album) (2002)
  • Seven Day Smile (2006)
  • Cherlokalate (2007)
  • The Fallen By Watchbird (2010)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC Manchester web profile". BBC Manchester. Retrieved November 2008. [dead link]
  2. ^ Clarke, Betty (3 May 2002). "Sigue Sigue sputter". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Robinson, Rebecca (9 March 2007). "NME Reviews: Jane Weaver: Cherlokalate (Bird)". NME. Retrieved 20 September 2010. 
  4. ^ Denselow, Robin (15 July 2010). "Jane Weaver: The Fallen By Watch Bird". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 September 2010. 
  5. ^ Tyler, Kieron (July 2010) Spindle Wakes: Album Review of Fallen By Watchbird, Mojo, London;
  6. ^ Rogers, Jude (2 January 2008). "Lie back and think of ukuleles". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 September 2010.