Genre-bending strings in Unity

Apr 12, 2013
Joy Kills Sorrow is claiming a new territory in acoustic string band music.

Unity — On Friday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m., acclaimed genre-bending string band Joy Kills Sorrow will perform at the Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. The show was weather-rescheduled from February

The Boston-based string band favors an unpredictable approach to pop, 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 to committed Stanley Brothers enthusiasts.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 948-7469.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or

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