Joy Kills Sorrow
Joy Kills Sorrow's sound is a mix of time-honored timbres of the American tradition and the indie rock and new folk its young members grew up on. While the former has made Joy Kills Sorrow proven favorites on the bluegrass circuit, the latter has allowed them to reach audiences more attuned to Mumford & Sons and Fleet Foxes than The Stanley Brothers. Their name comes from the '30s radio station where the Monroe Brothers performed (WJKS-Where Joy Kills Sorrow). The Boston-based group brings together musicians who each have classical and/or jazz conservatory training, but choose to play a contemporary take on music of the heartland, driven by beautiful string arrangements. Singer Emma Beaton was nominated for Traditional Vocalist of the Year at the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Awards. Guitarist and luthier Matthew Arcara is a Winfield National Flatpicking Champion. Bassist Bridget Kearney, a New England Conservatory of Music graduate and the group's primary songwriter, is a winner of the John Lennon Songwriting contest. The ensemble's latest disc is This Unknown Science.