Songwriter & singer Jo Girdlestone

Mycenae House here we come!

This production was first commissioned by the V&A Museum as part of the V&A Families Programme, featuring shadows by Drew Colby and original song, music and sound by Jo Girdlestone.

Drew Colby Shadowographer Feb 2019.

Drew Colby Shadowographer Feb 2019.

The Nightingale Game was played 15 times at the V&A over Feb 2019 Half Term and (being a game) it was different every time/can't wait to see what happens at our beloved Community Centre on the 30th March xx jo

Enter a world where the real and the virtual meet, a world of shadows and songs, an epic journey! Sat 30th March 1pm here at Mycenae House.

Are you ready to play 'The Nightingale Game'?
A reinvention of a classic tale by Hans Christian Anderson.

Created and Performed by Drew Colby - Hand Shadowgrapher and Jo Girdlestone.

Show lasts for 50 minutes, suitable for all ages.
Tickets £5 each or Family Tickets £15 (2 adults 2 children) - book via

BBC Radio Kent

Very much looking forward to joining Doug Welch this Sunday evening at 9 pm as his featured singer songwriter guest. I will be launching my new single as well as singing a couple of my other songs live in the studio.


Icarus Christmas Spectacular at Blackheath Halls

Merry Christmas in Blackheath Village on December 2nd 2017!

Friends/family message me on Facebook for discount ticket promo code xx jo

''Acts from local area and all over the U K gather in the splendour of the Great Hall in Blackheath Halls for this show which promises a night of some of the best original acoustic music around. The Icarus Club promotes, encourages and generally enthuses about some of the best independant original song writers and acoustic performers. Featuring a stellar line - up:- Ady Johnson, Emma-Jane, Ado Matheson, Mississippi Macdonald, Pepper and Shepherd, Joanna Girdlestone, Rob Barlitz, John Aldington''

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Talking Rhythm

I'm looking forward to guesting at the next Talking Rhythm event at Prince of Greenwich on Royal Hill; this Thursday June 15th from 7pm.......come along for a great evening of poetry, songs and apparently the best ever pizza! 


Other gigs just round the corner are

Icarus Acoustic Club at Pelton Arms: Thursday 22nd June (with Richard Finch Turner on bass)

Icarus Acoustic Club at The White Swan (upstairs) Charlton: Wednesday 5th July

Orpington Folk Club (35 minute solo set): Friday 21st of July

Diary Dates! More gigs through Icarus Blackheath

March 9th 2017:  Morden Arms Greenwich in Cuckoos Corner from 9 pm

March 23rd 2017:  White Swan Charlton for Icarus Acoustic

31st March 2017:  Songwriter's Benefit Gig (in support of GRACE/Greenwich Refugee Aid and Community Enterprise) in the Art Building at Blackheath Conservatoire


Richard Finch Turner will be accompanying me on bass on 23rd and 31st of March. We're really excited to be invited back for more Icarus Acoustic Nights and to be supporting the great work of local charity GRACE. Hope you can come down and support us.  xx jo

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Recordings: guitar & voice - Jo Girdlestone; fretless bass & backing vocals - Richard J Finch-Turner.