The members of Joy Kills Sorrow say that they found each other through the acoustic music community ” a group of like-minded musicians who bonded over mandolin and upright bass. Now, they’re kind of, sorta based in Boston (with a satellite in Toronto) while creating beautiful and intimate story-centered songs. The band ” Matthew Arcara, Emma Beaton, Wes Corbett, Jacob Jolliff and Zoe Guigueno ” stopped by the Folk Alley studios in August, 2013.
Joy Kills Sorrow bring together virtuoso musicians who share a love of American roots music. Beaton, who studied cello at Berklee College of Music, won “Young Performer of the Year” at the Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2008. Arcara took first place in the National Flat Pick Guitar contest at the Walnut Valley Festival in 2006. Jolliff, who was Berklee’s first full-scholarship mandolin student, won first place in the National Mandolin Championship in 2012 at the Walnut Valley Festival. Corbett teaches banjo at Berklee College of Music. Guigueno, a British Columbia native, graduated with the President’s Award for the Creative and Performing Arts from Canada’s prestigious Humber College in Toronto, where she studied jazz bass. She recorded and toured for years throughout Canada and Europe with acclaimed Canadian bands Fish & Bird, Crooked Brothers and Bull Kelp before joining Joy Kills Sorrow.