23 March 2017

Folklife CD Release Tour!!

Music for YOU this & next week in MI,IL,WI,MN,IA,NJ,NY,CT,VT,MA    Hello there! Tour these next two weeks to MI,IL,WI,MN,IA,NJ,NY,CT,VT and MA!  (and on into 2017) Last night the Folklife Project began our CD Release Tour! Led by my friend, the ‘Yo Yo Ma of the banjo’, Jayme Stone, this tour’s concerts feature the twelve new songs – musical heirlooms – from our album. I love singing the wild, humble heart of these songs: Creole calypso, Sea Island spirituals, Shape-Note folk hymns, a sultry ballad and stomp-down Appalachian dance tunes. What a pleasure...
21 February 2017

real new year news

January Catch-up!     Hello!  I forgot to post my January blog post here, so here is a little catch-up!  New news coming soon. In January, at the APAP Booking Conference I debuted new songs under the umbrella of my show / residency “the voice is a traveler” – a show of songs that remind us of the importance of border crossing – both literal and metaphorical – and our voice as it viscerally expresses our memories and adaptations.  I also sang with Jayme Stone’s Lomax (now ‘Folklife’) Project, and enjoyed...
14 November 2016

An Autumn Hello from Moira

LEAF/LA’s Disney Hall/NEW Solas VIDEO/New FB page/’Time’ Commission – you record   10/29 Singalong @ Disney Concert Hall +… moira’s news of choral writing and folk singing… A very quick hello to you! Due soon: To the mighty Los Angeles Master Chorale – a piece exploring the tone of the human voice as an expressive tool across a lifetime…I’d love YOUR voice in it – read here to throw in! Here’s what’s coming right up: SOLAS shows this Fri-Sat 10/21-22 at LEAF Festival – Asheville, NC!  And SOLAS VIDEO PREMIERE:...
19 July 2016

Midsummer News 2016

Can’t see images? Click here… Midsummer News From Moira… LIVE shows NOW July 15-25   Lomax Project Tours in British Columbia, Canada July 30-31   Solas @ Cambridge Folk Festival, UK July 31    *Moira Solo @ Nest Collective SBC Rooftop, Central London, UK *London friends!  The Southbank Centre Rooftop’s the coolest concert setting! @7:30pm I’ll premiere several new songs, visit the old, wild ones & sing with you in a 40-minute set – w/very wow! special guests. Hosted by Nest Collective (headed up by the lovely Sam Lee).  Please share/get tickets/hang w/me! Sharing the eve...
30 December 2015

moira smiley singer composer   photo by Tonya Lessley — Step.Slow.Into.New A quiet little hello to you! Thank you for meeting me along my way, and for supporting my music-making this year.  What a beautiful year – 2015, a beautiful riot of color and travel.  I gasped, shocked to see the intensity of the stars, and feel the quiet darkness on my mother’s farm in Vermont.  I just last week finished a choral piece called “I Have A Voice” for 40 ACDA-member choirs, and I’m ready to take on more and more composing commissions –...
19 August 2015

Midsummer 2015

 ​                           Hello from Vermont!  What a pleasure to sing with tUnE-yArDs in my home state of Vermont, and see my family! 10 more shows before Merrill’s back in the studio to make a new album.  Time for me to finish writing this year’s choral commissions, record a solo album, put new vocal arrangements & videos online, tour with Solas, VOCO and the Lomax Project.Get in touch about your sheet-music wishes, and about Moira, or moira smiley & VOCO concert-residencies for the season: Tuffet is currently rounding out 2016 bookings in these areas & time-blocks.  Write her soon about bringing...
07 April 2015

Spring 2015 Hello!

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.  I’m in love with these bands, and the fires they light!  You can follow our colorful adventures by clicking on Instagram, FB, Solas & tUnE-yArDs.Talking…       Conversation w/these two people for recent...
09 January 2015

2015 Hello!

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 – an electrical flicker on and off and on and off.   How MOVING, what a relief that is…how easy to be afraid, and cling! Now…          I’m cut loose...
07 September 2014

Shows Next 3 Weeks!!

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 am from farming roots – I miss the soil.  And I truly love traveling – I’m thankful to music every day for making me feel useful in the world –...
13 August 2014

New Album Released Sept. 15th!

The Official Release Date for moira smiley & VOCO’s new album, Laughter Out Of Tears will be September 15, 2014! Visit our Publicity Campaign Page:

travels, projects, dreams  . . .



Dream Intro // moira smiley & VOCO
  1. Dream Intro // moira smiley & VOCO
  2. Visa Fran Jarna // moira smiley & VOCO
  3. Chilly Winds // moira smiley & VOCO
  4. North Country // moira smiley & VOCO
  5. I Live in California // moira smiley & VOCO
  6. Mazurka // moira smiley & VOCO
  7. Blow Blow Thou Winter Wind // moira smiley & VOCO
  8. Dream Dve Nevesti // moira smiley & VOCO
  9. Deportee // moira smiley & VOCO
  10. Oj Jabuko // moira smiley & VOCO
  11. Oj Savice // moira smiley & VOCO
  12. Oh Winter // moira smiley & VOCO
  13. Orphan Girl // moira smiley & VOCO
  14. Whistle Daughter Whistle // moira smiley & VOCO
  15. Steam Engines // moira smiley & VOCO
  16. They’re Red Hot // moira smiley & VOCO
  17. Dream Outro // moira smiley & VOCO