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Joy Kills Sorrow, Fish & Bird

Tue. June 11th 2013 8:30 - 11pm doors at 8pm The Upstairs Cabaret (No Minors) 8:30 - 11pm doors at 8pm
Presented by: The Victoria Django Festival
JOY KILLS SORROW returns to Victoria with a new CD and FISH & BIRD. We are lucky to add this last minute show, Tuesday, June11.
Joy Kills Sorrow is as good as it gets, bringing together virtuoso musicians who share a love of American roots music. Beaton, who studied cello at Berklee College of Music, won “Young Performer of the Year” at the Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2008. Arcara took first place in the National Flat Pick Guitar contest at the Walnut Valley Festival in 2006. Jolliff, who was Berklee’s first full-scholarship mandolin student, won first place in the National Mandolin Championship in 2012. Corbett teaches banjo at Berklee College of Music. Guigueno, a British Columbia native, graduated with the President’s Award for the Creative and Performing Arts from Canada’s prestigious Humber College in Toronto, where she studied jazz bass.
Fish & Bird's latest album, Every Whisper is a Shout Across the Void, marks a major step forward for the young band. The project began in Victoria, BC in 2006 as an acoustic duo, comprised of Taylor Ashton (banjo, guitar, vocals) and Adam Iredale-Gray (fiddle). On their 2007 self titled debut, their take on 'folk' included original songs in odd time signatures and traditional murder ballads with rock beats. 2009's Left Brain Blues was a more mature exploration of the space between folk traditions and reckless creativity, with Ashton & Gray playing multiple instruments on each song, and toying with the formats that inspired them. Some of the friends they enlisted to help fill out the sound on the record and at live shows eventually became permanent members of the band, and now Fish & Bird are the five-piece indie-folk powerhouse we know today. They have weird vocal improv sections, they rock out in 11/8, sometimes it seems like they're playing bluegrass, and they might make you cry.

Fish & Bird

Fish & Bird are Taylor Ashton and Adam Gray, though not necessarily in that order. These tunesmiths hail from the west coast of Canada and compose melodious concoctions steeped in folk, brewed in the dense coniferous backwoods of their strange minds. Between them, they play banjo, fiddle, mandolin, upright bass, and even guitar. They are currently ... more info
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