Sally Jo hails from Perth, Western Australia. SJ trained from the age of eight in classical music, first on the violin and later on the viola. Much of her teenage years were spent touring with orchestras before she went on to university to study classical music performance.
From 2000-2010 SJ lived in Bali where she was based with her World Music Fusion band Saharadja. She performed all over South Africa, Korea, China, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia for festivals, concerts, and TV shows. She recorded 3 albums with Saharadja: 'One World', "Limited Edition' and 'Abracadabra'. Together they performed a blend of Celtic, Gypsy, Arabic, Aboriginal, Indonesian, and many other styles of music with their own twist.
Then in 2010 she moved to London where she joined cinematic metal band Splintered Soul. With her 6-string Viper Violin and Fractal Audio's Axe FX II, she is able to produce a vast range of sounds from acoustic violin, to string orchestra, to overdrive guitar sounds. She spent several months recording with Splintered Soul. As well as the solo violin and lead viper parts, she also recorded 4 first violins, 4 second violins and 4 viola parts making up the majority of the orchestra.
SJ performs regularly with legendary rockers 'Never the Bride' around the UK and Europe; UK Progressive Metal Band 'Seven7' as well as a few other UK based bands. She can often be found around Brighton playing Irish fiddle with Ceilidh band Tight Squeeze.
Electric Violin: 6 string Viper Violin by Mark Wood
Acoustic Violin: Klotz (made 1709)
Violin Effects: Axe FX II from Fractal Audio
Bows: Wood Pro Turbow, Incredibow Ice Bow
Strings: Mark Wood and D'addario
Wireless: Shure Guitar Wireless System
Dream Theater, Jimi Hendrix, Eileen Ivers, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Tool, Breed 77, Pantera, Dider Lockwood, Altan, Ravi Shankar, Nirvana, Aerosmith, Motley Crue, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Incubus, John Petrucci, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Deep Forest, Mark Isham, John Barry, Slash, Stratovarius, Offspring, Prodigy, Iron Maiden, Metallica