Joy Kills Sorrow, Cahalen Morrison and Eli West
Monday, June 3, 2013, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)meet the next generation of old-time string bands $20.50 advance / $22.50 at doorPurchase tickets online
June 03 8:00 pm

Joy Kills Sorrow, Cahalen Morrison and Eli WestJoy Kills Sorrow brings a decidedly modern sensibility to an old-world sound, channeling the prodigious abilities of its individual members into elegant arrangements and well-crafted songs. The band takes its name from a radio station that hosted Bill Monroe in the 1930s, “WJKS, where joy kills sorrow.” Starting from deep bluegrass roots, the band gracefully weaves in elements of rock, pop, and jazz to make music than can be dark and is often funny: a new strain of folk that ruminates on contemporary life and love with eloquence and wit while saluting the past. Singout! Magazine praised the band’s latest album, This Unknown Science, as “an exquisitely recorded and sequenced set that kept my interest from the first riff of the guitar on ‘Kill My Sorrow’ to the last sexy downbeat of ‘You Make Me Feel Drunk.’” With founding member and award-winning flatpicking guitarist Matthew Arcara, mandolin virtuoso Jacob Jolliff, uncommon banjo ace Wesley Corbett, bassist Zoe Guigueno, and singer Emma Beaton, the Canadian Folk Music Awards’ Young Performer of the Year in 2008, Joy Kills Sorrow lives up to its name, with luminous originals rich in rhythmic complexity and percussive texture, and lovely vocals that linger in the mind long after the show is over.

Cahalen Morrison and Eli West play new, original music that captures the essence of the old time country sound. Cahalen comes from the high desert of northern New Mexico; Eli is based in Seattle. Together, these two young musicians deliver exquisite harmonies and great musicianship on guitar, banjo, mandolin, and bouzouki. According to Tim O’Brien, “Cahalen and Eli are making music that the world needs.” When they played on BBC Radio 2, the host called their performance “quite extraordinary.” The website No Depression raves about their latest album, Our Lady of the Tall Trees, calling it “essential listening” and “a standout album from a pair who astonish and exhilarate.”

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