Traditional Irish Music
We are spreading our wings here on Tradconnect and are delighted to bring you an exclusive first listen to the new album by Appalachian duo Zoe & Cloyd, who spring from deep roots in American music. We encountered their music through our association with Hearth Music in the US, and this is an exclusive first listen to their new album Eyes Brand New. The track is called Farewell to Fuinary and it could very well feature on an album by an Irish artist in the near future.
Regarding this song Zoe & Cloyd said: "I turned on WNCW's Celtic show in my car on day and I heard a little snippet of what turned out to be this song. I managed to record a bit of it before it ended and later went home and tried to track it down. I had never heard this song before and I became totally entranced with it. It was so heartbreaking. We worked it up in our style, while trying to retain the Celtic character that drew me in initially. Fiunary is a village in western Scotland."
"Founding members of the acclaimed Americana trio, Red June, and long-time veterans of the Asheville, N.C. music scene, Natalya Zoe Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller are set to release Eyes Brand New, on April 7, 2017. Highlighting their emotive songwriting and signature harmonies, this new recording finds the duo returning to a full band sound with Kevin Kehrberg on bass, and special appearances from Will Straughan of Red June on dobro and Jens Kruger of the Kruger Brothers on banjo. Eyes Brand New showcases the breadth of their collective musical spirit, seamlessly combining original folk, country, old-time, and bluegrass with sincerity and zeal. Zoe & Cloyd’s debut recording, Equinox (2015), met with high acclaim and the pair have continued to gain momentum with a 1st place win at the prestigious FreshGrass Festival Duo Contest along with performances at MerleFest, Music City Roots and more.
Natalya Zoe Weinstein comes from a musical family: her father is a master jazz pianist and her grandfather, originally from Russia, was a professional klezmer musician. She is an accomplished fiddler in a variety of styles as well as an inspired singer and songwriter. While trained classically in her home state of Massachusetts, she has spent many years fine-tuning her bluegrass and old-time fiddling with some of the country’s top traditional musicians. Now a mentor to many young players, Natalya is a sought-after instructor and is in high demand as a teacher and session musician.
John Cloyd Miller’s foundation in traditional bluegrass and old-time music makes him a natural musician and performer. As a twelfth-generation North Carolina native and the grandson of pioneering bluegrass fiddler and N.C. Folk Heritage Award winner Jim Shumate, Miller’s Appalachian roots run deep. Miller is well known for his haunting mountain voice as well as his instrumental prowess and award-winning songwriting. He is a 1st place winner of the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest and a recipient of an Artist Fellowship for songwriting by the North Carolina Arts Council.
Together, Natalya and John make Zoe & Cloyd, with a pristine traditional sound built around their milky vocal blend and the meeting of their diverse musical backgrounds. This meeting of minds takes the forefront of the new album, giving listeners their Eyes Brand New, with which to see the world." Via Hearth Music.
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