Jess McAvoy announces June farewell show at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne

“let me make it easier for you...forget the rest, Jess McAvoy is one of the best.”
- The Age

One of Melbourne's favourite singer/songwriters, Jess McAvoy, has decided to follow up the success of her 2010 invitation performance at Canadian music festival North by North East by taking the plunge and relocating to North America. So this is it, folks, Jess will headline the Corner Hotel on 3 June 2011 for one hell of a send- off, supported by Leena and Ezekiel Ox (Ex Mammal).

Recently short- listed for the APRA Professional Development Awards (celebrating and supporting the careers of outstanding Australian musicians), Jess says the Corner Hotel 'Farewell Show' promises to be a celebration of her friendships and involvement in the independent Australian music industry to date, a thank you to her supporters, and a musical love-in peppered with cameos by some of Australia's A-list of performers- some of whom will pay the ultimate musical compliment by interpreting their favourites from McAvoy's 200+ original songbook.

A live performer since 16, Jess has wowed and won over audiences in Australia and abroad for over fifteen years with her sophisticated, hook – laden urban folk genius. An established visual artist, Jess will also take the opportunity to display several of her paintings, available for silent auction on the night.

Since relocating to Melbourne from Perth in 1999, Jess McAvoy has performed with Ani Difranco, Pete Murray, Kate Ceberano, Tim Rogers & Tex Perkins, The Waifs, Brooke Fraser, Clare Bowditch, Michelle Shocked, Kate Miller Heidke, Renee Geyer, Diesel, Mark Seymour, Jen Cloher, Dallas Frasca and many more. Jess' international adventures already include performances in New York at the famed Knitting Factory, and CBGBs with repeat performances at the Bitter End.

A self- managed artist who produces her own albums, released on her own label, 'Henduwin', Jess' commitment to the indie ethos and involvement in the local music community has been a touchstone for some new artists-- her impressive list of supports and festival appearances (Woodford Folk Festival, The Falls Festival, Pyramid Rock, Chill Island, Wave Rock, Make Poverty History and more) are proof that you can make it on merit without the power of a major label behind you.

In 2006, Jess released the critically acclaimed Into the Dark, declared album of the week and “an album to treasure” by Beat Magazine. The Age Entertainment Guide gushed; “Let me make it easier for you... forget the rest, Jess McAvoy is one of the best”- four and a half stars. As the Sun Falls (2008) was toted “Her finest album to date” and “tempered with different flavours... each re-affirming Jess McAvoy as on of Australia's more original undiscovered treasures.”
After the gig, Jess starts a tour of Europe and America before settling in Canada and starting work on a new project she expects to stretch her creatively; consciously moving away from the acoustic styling she is best known for.