Jo Davis (photo credit: Tae Young) 

Research abstract

This research aims to investigate how the female-identifying singer-songwriter relates to music technology and how knowledge and utilisation of DIY recording processes influence creative practice and musical identity. This artistic research project questions whether my music, creative process and identity would change through the learning and implementation of self-production within my songwriting practice. Reflective data was autoethnographically collected during the composition of my creative folio and combined with data from semi-structured interviews with five Australian female singer-songwriters. The outcomes of this project contribute to greater understanding of how female singer-songwriters can promote, develop and advocate for their own work using music technology, addressing a historical lack of female representation in the sector. This project also has the potential to contribute to music education programs by strengthening understanding of the effects and benefits of more comprehensive instruction on music technology.


Graced with vulnerable yet powerful vocals and poignant lyricism, Jo Davie offers genuine storytelling. Bursting onto the Australian scene as runner-up in the 2018 Folk Alliance Young Artist of the Year, she has since won audiences and accolades across Australia and become a regular on the festival circuit, performing at Sydney Festival (NSW), Woodford Folk Festival (QLD), The National Folk Festival (ACT), Caloundra Music Festival (QLD) and many more. This year, Jo won the 2024 Carol Lloyd Award, a grant administered by QMusic and Arts Queensland, enabling her to record and release her debut EP. In the last couple of years, Jo has taken her music to new heights, performing a sold-out solo show at the 2024 Sydney Festival, and supporting ARIA-winning artist Katie Noonan to sold-out audiences at QPAC Concert Hall, Sydney Festival, Bleach Festival and Darwin Festival. Additionally, Jo has gained recognition as the lead vocalist of 'Cigány Weaver' (2x National Live Music Award nominations) and as a long-term 'Asha Jefferies' band member. October 2023 marked the release of Jo’s first solo musical offering, a single entitled ‘Throw Me A Rope’ (recorded by Sam Cromack, Ball Park Music), representing a change in her artistic direction, incorporating a full band sound with drums, bass, and electric guitar into her delicately curated world.

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