“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 Spring… Hello from the tUnE-yArDs tour bus to you! I’m looking up from starting work on two choral commissions – from LA Master Chorale & ACDA Womens Commission Consortium -to write you a little Spring news. I crossed from Winter into Spring on one long tour between Solas and tUnE-yArDs + some solo shows....
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 –...
What a deep-hearted thrill to sing w/these beauties last night - I do lots more touring w/Lomax Project starting this NOVEMBER. watch out for us!!! ... See MoreSee Less
Stoked to play tonight in Toronto at Koerner Hall with Jayme Stone and the rest of the Lomax Project: Tim O'Brien, Margaret Glaspy, moira smiley & VOCO, hometown bass hero Joe Phillips and drummer Nick Fraser!
This and tomorrow's show at Market Hall Performing Arts Centre in Peterborough, ONT are my last with the fine folks of this band before heading off to do my own stuff again- starting next week in Nashville with Haas Kowert Tice.
(Photo by Kyle James Hauser at Field Elementary in Louisville, KY.)
What a beautiful, fun wild west tour w/Pilar Diaz, Kristen Toedtman, Inga Swearingen - then a whirlwind beauty of a day in New Jersey with Eva Salina Primack and Jody Redhage! I'm so grateful for the beautiful, nuanced singing, the camaraderie, the people & places we are welcomed to. Thank you thank you!!! (3 photos) ... See MoreSee Less