Okay, this was fun... and a performance to remember. Photo album by Rodney Busiel and Alex Long. Video highlights by Blue Rock tech team.
With its bold new brand of acoustic music, Signature Sounds recording artists, Joy Kills Sorrow, push right through the envelope and out the other side. The Boston-based stringband brings a modern sensibility to an old-world sound, channeling the rare talents of its individual members into elegant arrangements and well-crafted songs. With Bluegrass roots—its name is taken from WJKS, a radio station that broadcasted the Monroe brothers’ show in the 1930s—the band truly excels in its rich and textured treatment of contemporary material.
Founding member Matthew Arcara, a subtle and expressive guitarist, was the 2006 winner of Winfield’s National Flatpicking Championship and has performed onstage with luminaries. Jacob Jolliff is Berklee’s first full-scholarship mandolin student and a veteran performer, having toured since age eleven and shared the stage with legends David Grisman and Mike Marshall. Wesley Corbett, a banjoist of uncommon facility, was featured in the August 2008 issue of Banjo Newsletter and has toured nationally with Crooked Still and The Biscuit Burners. Emma Beaton, the 2008 Canadian Folk Music Awards’ Young Performer of the Year, adds an earthy and powerful presence to the band as its newly-minted vocalist. And bassist Bridget Kearney, winner of the 2006 John Lennon Songwriting Contest, is largely responsible for Joy Kills Sorrow’s inimitable sound.
Joy Kills Sorrow has performed at theaters, listening rooms, and festivals across the continent and has been featured on nationally syndicated radio programs. In 2007, the group was deemed the “‘poster children’ for the burgeoning Americana format” by Sing Out! magazine.