Jane Willow is a Dutch singer/songwriter who moved to Dublin, Ireland, at the age of 21 to pursue music. In recent years she's played venues like Vicar street, Whelan's, The Workman's club in Dublin, Roisín Dubh in Galway or Electric Picnic. In August 2017 she opened for Glen Hansard in Vicar street. She has been featured in The Irish Times, The Irish Times Women’s Podcast, RTE Radio 1, BBC Radio Ulster, Lyric FM and recently won of the Intercollective Competition 'Best Musician'.
The title track Onward Still starts gently with Jane Willow's evocative vocal presenting the whole scale of emotions. The overall feeling changes moments later when the drums kick in and the song becomes more upbeat.
On My Mind is a gentle love song. The line "you could lay me down if you want to" may slightly remind us of Glen Hansard's song but that's the only similarity you'll find. The sound of a cello only highlights the emotions of the song. Jane shows her vocal range in this song and you can't help but hear a certain resemblance to Lisa Hannigan.
Hannah is a country song and it feels like Jane Willow was born to sing these songs. The only thing you might regret in this case is there are no more songs like this.
If I Did Love You brings back the theme of love. A melancholic track, a bit dark and sad, reflecting a relationship that's over.
Comfort is a highlight of this collection. A warm vocal transmitting the message of a song in the best way where you believe every word you hear..." I hope this melody will give you comfort.."
These six songs present Jane Willow as a gifted musician, singer, writer, as someone who feels comfortable crossing the borders between genres. A honest performer who's work is pleasant to the ear.