'Rather Be' - Laurence Made Me Cry & Kaitlyn Alexander!

It was a real treat to spend some time with Kaitlyn Alexander, who was over from Canada, a few days ago (Kaitlyn appeared in the music video for my track 'Melete' earlier in the year which was filmed in Toronto We decided to have a go at writing a wee song... the results of which can be downloaded for free over on bandcamp now. My good pal Celine pitching in on the glock. I hope you like it! 

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Coming up:

If you'd like to book me please get in touch.

UK and European tour dates to be announced soon.

13th Dec: Supporting Beerjacket @ the Hug & Pint, Glasgow. Tickets.

18th Dec: Supporting Idlewild @ Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow. Tickets.

Past shows:

19th Nov: Supporting Mutual Benefit @ Hug & Pint, Glasgow.

26th Oct 2016: Sofar Sounds Glasgow w/ Rachel Sermanni @ Bakery47

8th Sep 2016: Supporting Bella and the Bear @ The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow.

4th - 6th August 2016: Belladrum Festival, Inverness

30th July 2016: Netsounds presents: Summer Pleasures, Ironworks, Inverness.

19th July 2016: w/ Josephine Sillars, Hug & Pint, Glasgow.

18th June 2016: North Hop Glasgow, SWG3.

9th June 2016: XPONORTH, Scotch and Rye, Inverness.

20th May 2016: Supporting Rae Spoon, Kinning Park Complex, Glasgow.

9th April 2016: Supporting Danni Nicholls, Mad Hatters, Inverness.

16th February 2016: Supporting The Hummingbirds, The Hug & Pint, Glasgow.

24th January 2016: Celtic Connections: Danny Kyle Open Stage. Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Exhibition Hall. 5-7pm. Free.

22nd October 2015: Velocity Cafe and Bicycle Workshop, Inverness. 7pm.

7th September 2015: Supporting Oh So Quiet, The Hug and Pint, Glasgow.

3rd September 2015: Martin Callingham, Laurence Made Me Cry, Joe Bayliss & Sam Gardner @ Mozarts Bar, Swansea. Doors 8pm.

27th August 2015: Martin Callingham, Laurence Made Me Cry @ Gwdihw, Cardiff

26th August 2015: Martin Callingham, Laurence Made Me Cry @ Green Note, London

25th August 2015: Martin Callingham, Laurence Made Me Cry @ The Lions Den, The Golden Lion, Bristol

23rd August 2015: Stitch In Time Presents... Martin Callingham, Paul Mosley and Laurence Made Me Cry @ The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow.

24th July 2015: House Show, Kelvinbridge, Glasgow

28th April 2015: Supporting Shawn Smith, Classic Grand, Glasgow

19th April 2015: Gay As Folk Showcase, Broadcast, Glasgow.

12th March 2015: Southside Sessions, Sweeny's On The Park, Glasgow.

16th August 2014: The Kate Inside: A Celebration of Kate Bush @ Four Bars, Cardiff

4th June 2014: Foyer Session, Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

1st March 2014: Pipe Up!… For Mental Health, Norwegian Church, Cardiff. Doors 7pm.

13th Feb 2014: My Name Is Ian / Laurence Made Me Cry / Francesca’s Word Salad @ Gwidihw, Cardiff

8th December 2013: A Christmas Cwtch @ Gwidihw, Cardiff

23rd November 2013: Cardiff MIND Fest, The Full Moon, Cardiff

16th October 2013: Welsh Music Prize Concert

13th October 2013: Iris Awards and Lunch, Park Inn, Cardiff

27th September 2013: Shadow Sound, 65 commerce St, Glasgow

26th September 2013: Velocity Cafe, Inverness

24th September 2013: Cellar 35, Aberdeen

15th September 2013: Roath Rocks @ KL CANALOG, Cardiff

18th Aug 2013: Green Man Festival, Rising Stage

16th Aug 2013: Glanfa Stage, Wales Millennium Centre

20th July 2013: Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff (supporting Gulp)

19th July 2013: Stripped Acoustic Night @ The Factory, Porth

14th July 2013: Folk on the Lawn Festival, Tintern

3rd July 2013: Buffalo, Cardiff 5th June 2013: Norwegian Church, Cardiff Bay – Volunteer Centre Event.

25th May 2013: Four Bars, Cardiff

17th May 2013: Gwyl Pili Pala Fest, Swansea

5th May 2013: 5 Years of Newsoundwales @ Chapter, Cardiff

2nd May 2013: Mozarts Bar, Swansea

19th April 2013: RHS Show, Cardiff

17th April 2013: Balderdash/Arth Presents: Violas / R Seiliog / Laurence Made Me Cry / surop dj’s at Buffalo, Cardiff

11th April 2013: The Picturehouse, Exeter

31st March 2013: Wales Goes Pop! Festival, Cardiff

22nd March 2013: The Lovely Wars / Laurence Made Me Cry / Ellie Makes Music @ Howard Gardens, Cardiff

21st March 2013: From The Forest @ The Gallimuafry, Bristol

9th March 2013: Album launch @ Buffalo, Cardiff

3rd March 2013: Birkenstomp @ Gwdihw, Cardiff 28th Feb 2013: SKYE, Mozarts Bar, Swansea

18th Feb 2013: Electrosonica, Electronic set, Halo Bar, Bristol

7th November 2012: Supporting Meursault @ Buffalo, Cardiff

20th October 2012: Swn Festival, We Are Cardiff Stage

15th October 2012: Halo Bar, Bristol

4th October 2012: Laurence Made Me Cry, Salwa Azar, The Woe Betides and Foura @ Heath Street Church, Hampstead, London

31st May 2012: No Sweat @ The Full Moon, Cardiff

3rd May 2012: Secrect set at Feel the Folk @ The Grain Barge, Bristol

20th February 2012: Rachael Sermanni / Horizon / Laurence Made Me Cry @ 10 Feet Tall, Cardif


4th November 2011: Ffresh Music Night @ Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

13th Septmeber 2011: Erin Lang & The Foundlings / Laurence Made Me Cry / Colourful Thief / SCRIBER @ 10 Feet Tall, Cardiff

18th October 2010: Barefoot Dance Of The Sea / Evening Chorus / Jo Whitby (Laurence Made Me Cry) @ 10 Feet Tall, Cardiff

Get in touch! Email: jo at or use the form below.



Laurence Made Me Cry is Bristol born songstress, artist and multi-instrumentalist Jo Whitby. There’s an odd familiarity about Whitby’s music. Her songs bring with them a sense of timelessness and warmth like meeting up with an old friend. Whitby currently splits her time between Glasgow and the Highlands of Scotland.

Her debut ‘The Diary Of Me’, a worldwide collaborative record made possible by a successful crowd-funding project, received support from BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music and Amazing Radio. The record was also nominated for the Welsh Music Prize in 2013 alongside Neon Neon, Zervas and Pepper and Georgia Ruth. 'The Diary Of Me' features contributions from artists such as Pulco, Freddie Nunez and Salwa Azar – the album is a reflective and intimate exploration, a truly interactive journey taken by all the participants – collaborators and listeners alike.

In recent years Laurence Made Me Cry has performed at XpoNorth, Celtic Connections, Sŵn, Wales Goes Pop and Green Man Festival as well as making it on to Glastonbury’s 2013 Emerging Talent longlist.

Currently working on a series of new EPs, the records will feature guest contributions from artists such as Rachel Sermanni and Andrew Montgomery.

"Working with collaborators including Rachel Sermanni and Chrissy Barnacle, these six new tracks sound like the work of a songwriter who has learned how to capture her fragility in amber."  Lisa-Marie Ferla, Last Year's Girl

"Folk entangled with electronic touches and organic sounds paint a myriad of pictures and I can’t wait to hear more” Bethan Elfyn, BBC Radio Wales

“An understated sound does not make these bedroom recordings any the less engaging. Catchy tunes, sweetly delivered, stay with you as Jo Whitby combines folks and electronic to create a warm, sung sound” Ian, For Folk’s Sake

“Jo has a lovely songwriting sensibility and voice” Ruth Barnes, The Other Woman

“Although tear-stained and tender this is redemptive music to make your heart sing. As intense experiences go this is one worth immersing yourself in. Simply gorgeous.” Dave Owens, Western Mail

“Moving, vulnerable and rather wonderful too!” Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales

“Her dulcet tones remind me of Thea Gilmore and Tori Amos albeit with a more lighter folk accompaniment. Pretty pretty…” Shell Zenner, Louder Than War

“Awkward and beautiful folk songs; twee with an extra depth”  Caitlin Gwynn, GoldFlakePaint

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