This Unknown Scienece – Joy Kills Sorrow

This Unknown Science, the latest CD from Boston’s Joy Kills Sorrow is now available for sale online.

The group is one of many adventurous string bands to emerge from Beantown’s steaming cauldron of young acoustic musicians. They utilize the familiar bluegrass instrumentation, but their sound moves in very different directions.

Banjo player Wes Corbett takes a stab at defining their approach…

“Joy Kills Sorrow is rooted in the tradition our instrumentation would suggest, but our song writing and arranging is decidedly modern, and very influenced by sources outside of the bluegrass vernacular.”

Clearly true, as these brief audio samples from the new album attest.

Jason: [ Jason Clip.mp3]

Surprise: [ Surprise Clip.mp3]

One More Night: [ One More Night Clip.mp3]

Lead vocals are provided by Emma Beaton with Corbett on banjo, Matt Arcara on guitar, Jacob Jolliff on mandolin, and Bridget Kearney on bass. All are virtuosic performers and, despite their youth, come to the band with impeccable credentials – and awards even!

Arcara is the winner of the 2006 National Flatpicking Championship at Winfield, Beaton is the 2008 Canadian Folk Music Awards’ Young Performer of the Year, and Kearny the winner of the 2006 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Corbett has just appeared on the cover of Banjo NewsLetter, and Jolliff was awarded a full scholarship to the Berklee School of Music.

Not too shabby.

Both CD and MP3 downloads can be purchased from the Signature Sounds site, and you can also find This Unknown Science in iTunes.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.