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Friday, April 20, 2012

Joy Kills Sorrow

We delighted to be kicking off another run of concerts at New Cample Farm on Saturday 5th May when we will be hosting Boston based band Joy Kills Sorrow:

Joy Kills Sorrow
New Cample Farm, Thornhill
Saturday 5th May
To book call: 01848 332 325 or tickets available to buy in advance from the farm shop.


Band Members:
Matthew Arcara - guitar
Emma Beaton – vocals
Wesley Corbett - banjo
Jacob Jolliff - mandolin
Bridget Kearney – bass

"Strong original songs, outstanding musicianship and a charismatic lead vocalist give this band a distinctive sound that will please a wide variety of audiences." 
Larry Groce, host and artistic director, NPR's Mountain Stage

"It's a rare thing that a live performance is a strong representation of what you hear on a recording, and Joy Kills Sorrow reveals a fresh, hip take on traditional music."

Boston-based string band Joy Kills Sorrow will be performing at New Cample Farm, Thornhill on Saturday 5th May.  The early twenty-somethings deliver string-based music that reflects a zealousness for indie-rock and new folk.  Joy Kills Sorrow effortlessly straddles diverse genres while developing a distinct new sound. The quintet, which all of its members have graduated from top schools such as Berklee College of Music and The New England Conservatory of Music, favors an uncalculated approach to songwriting, one that heavily relies on musical chemistry and improvisation. Hence the title of their new release, This Unknown Science.

Proven favorites with the bluegrass circuit, Joy Kills Sorrow's emphasis on writing arrangements transcending narrow traditional music allows them to reach wider audiences. Emma Beaton's haunting vocals and the ensemble's rootsy variation on Americana is just as apt to appeal to fans of Mumford & Sons and Fleet Foxes as committed Stanley Brothers enthusiasts. "It's not that we think traditional music needs improving," Arcara clarifies. "This is just how we happen to play it."

Joy Kills Sorrow brings together an eclectic mix of musicians who ambitiously utilize their years of study to hone a new acoustic territory yet discovered by many of today's top artists. It's an amalgamation of lamenting music of the heartland, singular stories of heartache and laughter, beautiful string arrangements, and five musicians who grew up listening to indie-rock, jazz, and pop music that churn out impressive tunes with an incredibly contemporary sensibility.

Singer Emma Beaton, who was nominated for "Traditional Vocalist of the Year" at the Canadian Folk Music Awards 2010 and won "Young Performer of the Year" at the age of 18 at the Canadian Folk Music Awards 2008, has captivated critics and fans alike. She quickly caught the ear of bluegrass super-star Laurie Lewis, who says she has a "voice like a laser." A classically trained cellist, she formerly studied at Berklee College of Music and has worked closely with Crooked Still's Tristan Clarridge and Rushad Eggleston.

Bassist Bridget Kearney, who double majored in Jazz Bass at The New England Conservatory of Music and English at Tufts University, is the primary songwriter of the group. Of songwriting, Kearney comments, "A lot of my ideals as a songwriter come from novelists and poets, like Hemingway's idea that to start writing a story, all you have to do is write one true sentence. A song works that way too. You just need to find one seed, the rest will grow from there."  

In 2006, Kearny won the John Lennon Songwriting contest for her songs "Sometimes When I'm Drunk" and "You're Wearing My Favorite Shirt."  "Musically, my main influence is indie-rock," says Kearney. "Some of the songs on our new record were sort of inspired by specific artists, like Bon Iver and Arthur Russell."

Filling out the group is Jacob Jolliff and Wesley Corbett. The former is Berklee School of Music's first full-scholarship mandolin student and a veteran performer, who has toured professionally since the age of 11 and shared the stage with such mandolin greats as David Grisman and Mike Marshall. Corbett, a banjo player, has toured nationally with Crooked Still and The Biscuit Burners.

Posted by MMac


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