Every now and then we’re asked to do a fundraising event, a dinner party, wedding etc. ¬†and it’s these occasions where performing covers works best. ¬†Here we are at a recent dinner party …

Ession¬†covered Kevin Johnson’s Shaney Boy for an Australian theater company. ¬†Joanna sang lead vocals and posted on her School of Song youtube channel. ¬†This version is available on Ession’s SoundCloud¬†channel …

Ession songwriter Joanna Finnis is the creator of a local Palo Alto school of song (JFSS). ¬†She arranged and recorded a version of Madonna’s Material Girl as an example of covering a tune in a different style … (also available on Ession’s SoundCloud channel)

It’s no wonder Joanna has a deep passion for songwriting. ¬†It’s been passed down to her through the generations. ¬†Here is a waltz her Great great grandmother, Mary Symonds, wrote in 1901. ¬†Mary dedicated this piece of music to the New Zealand boys leaving for the Boer War.