Open Water

by Open Water

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The album was created and recorded form 2016 - 2019 as is a result of an exciting collaboration between Joanne Doolan, Richard Rozze and Jeff Alexander. Richard’ was 11 years old when he met Jeff Alexander (some 25 years ago). Jeff was Richard’s first guitar teacher and has since become a musical mentor and close friend. Richard and Joanne first met performing on the London Jazz scene 12 years ago and now live together with their two children.

The three musicians formed Open Water to play acoustic music but would be ‘open’ in their choice of material. After performing the songs of artists including Alison Krauss, Nick Drake, Pierre Bensusan, Dougie MacLean, The Eagles, Kate Rusby, Tim O’Brien, the band started to compose their own songs and gradually 11 songs were chosen to be recorded. Joanne’s unique vocal tone and vocal harmonies with Richard’s many different instrumental tone colours are weaved together by Jeff’s fingerstyle guitar which explores many unique guitar tunings. Joanne’s intriguing lyrics have been influenced by poets such as Keats and Shakespeare. All three musicians live on the beautiful Kent coast and the music has definitely been influenced by the sea. Open Water have found a sound that is taking acoustic music in new directions and embracing Celtic, British folk and American bluegrass.

The album features double bassists Alex Keen and Dave Whitford.

The album explores many subjects: the grind of the daily commute to work, a personal story of Joanne’s grandfather who was an Irish soldier in WW1, sleep paralysis (the ‘Old Hag’), the torment of unrequited love, the migration of the desperate refugees in 2015, a fond nod to Cork …..


released December 13, 2019

Joanne Doolan - lead and harmony vocals
Jeff Alexander - guitars, harmony vocals
Richard Rozze guitars, banjo, mandolin, dobro, harmony vocals

with Alex Keen - double bass
Dave Whitford -double bass



Waterbound Records England, UK

Open Water are an acoustic quartet steeped in the British Folk Tradition with influences of Celtic and American Bluegrass.Joanne Doolan’s unique vocals emanate from her Welsh musical roots.Jeff’s influences come from traditions as varied as the Renaissance lute and flamenco guitar. Richard’s influences stem from rock, blues and jazz traditions. ... more

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