“Moira Smiley and VOCO make some of the most captivating music you’ll hear from some of the sparest ingredients. The harmonies’ effect on traditional songs and Smiley’s trad-based originals is haunting and chilling one minute, lively and fun the next.” - Rick Massimo, The Providence Journal
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“They are vocal chameleons, by turns seductive, comforting, dissonant, playful, keening, exuberant. They have the finesse and discipline of classically trained musicians, but they’re also inventive, with a renegade streak that takes all musical genres as fair game. Most of all, they sing with heart.” – Margaret Shepard, 14850 Magazine
Moira Smiley Composer : Vocalist This…This year past was a hot-air-balloon ride! It ROARED, and floated up! up! up! on breath of folksongs, indie-rock anthems, and choir festival hallelujahs! And the months read aloud new recipes for…well…setting up snare drums, tarantism, listening, being in time, nomadic recording technology, and how to keep chasing joy. Life is just PULSE –...
Hello! Only days ago, in a copper mine deep below dusty Butte, Montana, I was among ghosts and detonations, feeling the dance of human frailty and brute-force. In Winnipeg, I peered from an arena stage to the see the thousands of people singing together. I wept as I walked a new-mown hayfield because I choose constant travel, but I...