Born and raised in the small coastal village of Elliston, on South Australia’s rugged West Coast, Joshy Willo has been honing his musical talents with a myriad of local musicians and teachers pretty much since he can remember.
Joshy’s style is quite diverse but falls comfortably into the rootsy/folk genre. With warm vocals which often paint pictures of the beautiful natural environment he has grown up in, and whispers of the trials and tribulations of relationships and life in an isolated pocket of Australia’s vastness.
Josh puts his love for music down to his family upbringing and the openly, artistic, close-knit and supportive community that exists in Elliston. Live performances can see him swapping from ukulele to harmonica, slide guitar and back to acoustic guitar during a set. Joshy blames his short attention span for his love of many different instruments (laughs).
In late March 2011, Joshy completed his first album, “Moon as a Mirror”. Having written, recorded and played every instrument on the album, led to it being a long term project but he is very happy with the finished product. This being his first polished compilation of original music has been a great learning experience and Josh has thoroughly enjoyed passing his music on to new critics and friends and family alike.
Since winning the Triple J ‘Unearthed’ artist competition, which is a competition judged on popularity and performing at Triple J’s “One Night Stand” event with The Jezabels, Art vs Science and Birds of Tokyo, Joshy has gone on to exclusive performances for Metricon Homes and the Closing Ceremony of the Australian Masters Games and is poised to launch himself into the music festival scene in 2012.
Joshy is now busily writing for his second album while honing his craft at venues in Adelaide and around the country. Check out his blog to get the most recent updates.