Jo Carley and the Old Dry Skulls (UK)

European tour March 26 – April 6 & April 28 – May 7 & November 2020
+ available for festivals and weekends in Summer 2020.

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Tourdates 2020

26/03/2020 Thursday Duycker Americana The Netherlands Hoofddorp
27/03/2020 Friday Alte Schlosserei Germany Wuppertal
28/03/2020 Saturday Buchholz Saloon Germany Altlandsberg
29/03/2020 Sunday Blau Germany Mannheim
30/03/2020 Monday Barzoen Belgium Turnhout
31/03/2020 Tuesday Tortuga Germany Unna
1/04/2020 Wednesday Gotthard Bar Switzerland Zürich
2/04/2020 Thursday Grüner Pavillon Austria Dornbin
3/04/2020 Friday Altes Spital Germany Viechtach
4/04/2020 Saturday Pentagon Germany Leverkusen
5/04/2020 Sunday Lou’s Bar Belgium Liège
6/04/2020 Monday Pallieter Belgium Herselt

22/04/2020 Wednesday France/Swiss
23/04/2020 Thursday Marco’s Pub Italy Livigno
24/04/2020 Friday Bonnaventura Club Italy Milano
25/04/2020 Saturday Nasty Boys Saloon Italy Treviso
26/04/2020 Sunday Italy/Swiss
27/04/2020 Monday Kerrigan’s Tavern Switzerland Martigny-Bourg
28/04/2020 Tuesday Italy/Austria/Swiss/Germany
29/04/2020 Wednesday The Shakespeare Pub Germany Herdecke
30/04/2020 Thursday Die Heile Welt Germany Münster
1/05/2020 Friday Alternative (Walli) Lübeck/ Maifest Germany Lubeck
2/05/2020 Saturday Bröken Fest 2020 Pre-Party Germany Hanerau-Hademarschen
3/05/2020 Sunday Kulturrampe Germany Krefeld
4/05/2020 Monday Germany
5/05/2020 Tuesday Germany
6/05/2020 Wednesday Monkeys (support Hackensaw Boys) Germany Hamburg

November 2020 EU tour:

16/11/2020 Monday
17/11/2020 Tuesday
18/11/2020 Wednesday Don Petrol Belgium Tielt-Winge
19/11/2020 Thursday
20/11/2020 Friday
21/11/2020 Saturday
22/11/2020 Sunday Den Heilige Cornelius The Netherlands Roermond
23/11/2020 Monday
24/11/2020 Tuesday
25/11/2020 Wednesday
26/11/2020 Thursday
27/11/2020 Friday
28/11/2020 Saturday La Tavern’ France Nevers
29/11/2020 Sunday
30/11/2020 Monday

Jo Carley and The Old Dry Skulls combine the voodoo rhythms of 1930’s ska and the blues with old-timey vaudeville cabaret. Music that makes people wanna shake their bones!

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Dedicated to the subversive, the world of Jo Carley and the Old Dry Skulls is dark, animated and unusual. Seeking to amuse and draw the audience into an underworld filled with wonder, the macabre and the imagination they combine elements of Vaudeville, Skiffle, early horror films, early ska, calypso, old-timey country, and the Blues. This trio play a unique hybrid of early 20th Century music infused with dark Cabaret.

The driving force is Tim’s One-man-band set-up with Kick-drum, hi-hat and guitar while Jo’s sweet melodies tell terrible things. This is made even more bewitching as she switches from fiddle to mandolin to washboard. They are joined by James Le Huray on double bass and banjo.

New album ‘Shake Them Rattlin’ Bones’ out May 2019 on CD and LP. Nine tales that lure you between the cracks of reality and take you downtown to the underworld, where the hobos and down and outs are up to no good, jug bands hustle for change on poor man’s corner, zombies walk the night and the Voodoo Priestess rules all…

For fans of C.W. Stoneking, The Tiger Lillies, The Dead Brothers, Wilmoth Houdini, Screamin Jay Hawkins and Wanda Jackson

“…a steaming broth of cabaret, blues, ska, Vaudeville, voodoo and skiffle. Horror stories are the main course, with a side orders of sex, trouble, and all-night parties” – Hans Werksman – Here Comes The Flood

“…riffs and rhythms, stomp and tap, crazy woman on vocals you find yourself waiting for her to cast a spell on you” – Alan Pearce – Blues Matters Magazine

“…Het was een avond vol zombies, ratelende botten en wil je wat gedaan hebben, dan kun je Jo Carley even aanspreken, maar deze voodoopriesteres vraagt wel een hoge prijs. Het werd een heerlijke bezwerende show waar lustig met magische liedjes werd gestrooid.
Het zijn liedjes die een heerlijke retro feel hebben, de spanning erin houden, maar ook nu en dan een flinke lach op gelaat toveren. Prachtig zijn ‘Shake Them Rattlin’ Bones’ en na het creepy ‘Wolves’ met sterk banjo spel van James Le Huray en het oudere succesnummer ‘Dance ‘Til You’re Dead’. Dat gebeurde gelukkig niet, maar een bijzonder goed, sfeervol en fijn optreden van Jo Carley & The Old Dry Skulls leverde een juichende ovatie op en de hoop dat deze band toch gauw weer Noord-Nederland aandoet.” –

“…riffs and rhythms, stomp and tap, crazy woman on vocals you find yourself waiting for her to cast a spell on you” DR. EADNIGHT – Blues Matters Magazine

“A spooky slab of backwoods punk, mixed with medicine show huckster and old timey roots music. JCODS make deliciously devilish sounds. Something wicked coming this way. Highly recommended” – Folkcast

“That nailed it, good stuff. Left of field stomper. A wonderful fusion of trad, old timey, New Orleans Voodoo Queen ” – Mike Harding / Mike Harding Folk Show

“London Junkyard Punk or Punk-yard London Junk?? Multi genre, non specific, absolutely great. Its brilliant!” – Punky Radio

“Jo Carley & The Old Dry Skulls were a joy to behold. Rooted firmly in a bygone era when Voodoo and Black Magic were rife, the audience were all spellbound by the performance and its originality” Adrian Blacklee – Blues Matters Magazine (UK)

“… a creepy-mischievous touch. Sarcasm is no stranger to her. It seems as if she predicts hell in such a way that you have to laugh about it” – (Belgium)

“… a wonderfully enchanting show where magical songs were scattered.” – (Netherlands)


Recent Live Videos:

Official Music Videos:

  • Dead Man Walking
  • Get Down Low
  • ‘Dance ‘til you’re Dead’
  • ‘Them Old Bones’
  • ‘Rags and Bones’

Bookings are open NOW!