MUSIC

Genre-bending band, Joy Kills Sorrow, to perform in Unity

Posted Jan. 25, 2013, at 9:39 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 25, 2013, at 10:49 a.m.

Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 7:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Unity College Center for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot Street, Unity, Maine

For more information: 207-948-7469; uccpa.unity.edu

Some people prefer pop music that behaves like math: once a few familiar variables have been determined—female vocals or male? Acoustic guitar or electric? — the end result should be easy to predict, and always sound the same. That’s not the Joy Kills Sorrow method. This Boston-based string band favors a more unpredictable approach relying on musical chemistry and improvisation. All of the members have been touted as virtuosos, and they effortlessly hunt for unexpected outcomes and new discoveries.

Joy Kills Sorrow’s sound is born from the best of two worlds. They start with a base of time-honored timbres and techniques, yet fashion original songs and arrangements that reflect a love of indie-rock and new folk. While the former has made Joy Kills Sorrow proven favorites with the bluegrass circuit, their emphasis on writing arrangements transcending narrow genres 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.

Sweet, full of swagger, and thoroughly fresh, they’re honing a new territory in acoustic string band music.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.uccpa.unity.edu or call 207-948-7469. The Unity College Center for the Performing Arts is located at 42 Depot St. in downtown Unity.

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