Joanna Tomassoni is a folk musician in the mold of Joni Mitchell, Karen Carpenter, and Sandy Denny. Her melodies wind around a steady, pulsing guitar in a way that is conversational and personal, supported by her agile and emotive singing, a skill honed after two decades of classical training. Her style is influenced by British and US folk music from the '60s/'70s-- honest storytelling and compelling lyrics set against a thoughtful balance of harmonic tension and release.
"Joanna is a brilliant singer/songwriter! Her vocals pull at the heartstrings while simultaneously lulling one into a trance of adoration."-Daniel Grey, United Bakery Records
Client must cover travel costs if >200 miles.
I hired Joanna to play music for a recent event. She responded promptly, was punctual and worked with us to find the best music for the event. For our event, a brunch, her music was perfect. Beautiful and able to capture the audience's attention, it was also leaving enough space for conversations between hosts. A great performer and professional!
Joanna was punctual and has a clean amazing voice. Will definitely hire her again. It was the perfect touch for the party.
What to Expect
Singing and either electric or acoustic guitar, either solo or as a duo. Joanna can provide her own gear/amplification.
Joanna Tomassoni is a New Orlenas-based folk musician in the mold of Joni Mitchell, Karen Carpenter, and Sandy Denny. Her melodies wind around a steady, pulsing guitar in a way that is conversational and personal, supported by her agile and emotive singing, a skill honed after two decades of classical training. Her style is influenced by British and US folk music from the '60s/'70s-- honest storytelling and compelling lyrics set against a thoughtful balance of harmonic tension and release.
When she's not playing solo, you can find her singing and playing drums in Americana band The Tumbling Wheels, singing backup for Tasche de la Rocha and the Psychedelic Roses, or singing in a number of professional choral ensembles around New Orleans (notably in the St. Patrick's Chamber Singers and Krewe de Voix).
Joanna was raised in a family of singers, and has been playing music in some form or fashion since she was a child. She has an extensive background in classical performance, including piano, clarinet, and voice (both solo and choral settings). Her classical training has a big influence on her music today, which is deeply rooted in precise yet emotional melodies that range from simple folk tunes to more complex and melismatic passages.
Joanna's music is highly influenced by her interest in folk balladry from the United States and the British Isles, as well as the American Songbook repertoire.
Joanna can provide her own sound equipment and is willing to travel. To book The Tumbling Wheels, you can reach out to them at www.thetumblingwheels.com, or find them on GigSalad.
Here's a sample of some of the cover tunes Joanna plays. You can hear a sample of her original music at soundcloud.com/joannatomassoni. She is happy to learn songs by request as well.
Back in Time - Gillian Welch
Who Knows Where the Time Goes? - Sandy Denny
Love Me - Elvis Presley
What’ll I Do - Irving Berlin
Darkness on the Delta
The River - Johnny Flynn
Blue Alert - Anjani Thomas and Leonard Cohen
Blue Velvet - Wayne and Morris
Something Good - Rodgers and Hammerstein
Mon cœur s’ouvre à ta voix - Camille Saint-Saens
Go ‘Way From My Window - John Jacob Niles
The Quiet Land of Erin (trad.)
The Dimming of the Day - Richard Thompson
Speed of the Sound of Loneliness - John Prine
My Life - Iris Dement
To Live is To Fly - Townes van Zandt
Dues - Ronee Blakley
Where Will I Be? - Daniel Lanois
Hang Me (trad.)
On a Good Day - Joanna Newsom
Call on the Wind - Robbie Basho
Influences & Inspiration
Sandy Denny, Gillian Welch, Nick Drake, John Jacob Niles, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Robbie Basho, Julie Andrews, Judy Garland, Laura Marling, Chopin, Jackson C. Frank, Townes van Zandt, Bob Dylan, Richard Thompson