"To clarify things first, yes: she is Irish by birth, but this is her name. In County Wexford, the parents of Jane Irish Therese Monica Bernadette Mythen fed her a strict musical diet of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and traditional Irish fare; her brother’s Depeche Mode and Wham! records were off-limits. She hated folk music. She did, that is, until her family moved briefly to the United Arab Emirates, and her folks bought their angsty teen an acoustic guitar. Mythen taught herself the instrument, strumming those once-detested ballads and dirges came naturally to her. By 15, this budding master of the singer-songwriter craft began gigging at an Abu Dhabi hotel.
She became a troubadour, with her vivid, hard-bitten lyrics about desire and loss, and her riveting, sandpapery growl. From back in Dublin she moved to Sweden, then Australia, then in 2007 to Atlantic Canada, where she became a Stan Rogers Folk Festival mainstay.
She’s earned more admirers with each album, building to her last full-length, Little Bones, winning a Canadian Folk Music Award and a Juno nomination. Its passionate lyrics slide all along the proverbial fretboard, from bliss and devotion to rejection, jealousy and murder. “The emotional and intellectual depths in her writing know no limits,” raves a critic. The way she came to embrace folk music, and the folk world came to embrace her, you’ll be grateful her childhood British new-wave phase proved fleeting."
Biography by Jason Markusoff