Eastern United States band Joy Kills Sorrow is coming back to the area by popular demand for two shows, thanks to the local connection, lead singer and former Qualicum Beach resident, Emma Beaton.
The group recently had their new video Jason premiere on rollingstone.com and Beaton said they were stoked.
“We’re really proud of that video, so it was great to have it premiered properly,” she said.
“We always joked about being in Rolling Stone — didn’t actually think it would happen.”
The group of five 20-somethings were in Denmark and the United Kingdom earlier this year and are currently on massive tour, with a few stops in Canada including the Calgary Folk Festival.
They will perform at a number of venues on the Western U.S. Coast before hitting Victoria and then Qualicum Beach Aug 13 and 14.
In November they head to Alaska before heading back East to complete the tour in December.
The group is based in Boston, MA but Beaton is moving to Brooklyn, NY in October, and will be staying on with the band.
The group plays original music with beautiful string arrangements that have a fresh, bluegrassy feel.
With masterful musicianship combined with Emma’s captivating voice, it’s no wonder their last few shows in the area have sold out.
Their latest album This Unknown Science is aptly named, explaining how the string band relies on their musical chemistry and how improvisation often plays a big role in their shows.
Catch Joy Kills Sorrow Monday, Aug 13 and Tuesday, Aug 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Oceanside Community Baptist Church, 600 Beach Rd., beside the train station in Qualicum Beach. Tickets are $20 available at the Vintage Candy Shop on 2nd Ave in Qualicum Beach or Cranky Dog Music in Parksville.
For music and more visit their website www.joykillssorrow.com.