Photo by Alex Lam

Photo by Alex Lam

Tragedy Ann

The music of Guelph folk duo Tragedy Ann inspires chills, provokes smiles, and reminds you to breathe. With the occasional nod to alt. blues and handshake with contemporary folk-rock, Liv Cazzola and Braden Phelan intertwine the storytelling power of Tom Waits with the musical nuance of Mandolin Orange, crafting something simultaneously familiar and fresh. 

Rooted in passionate vocal harmony, Tragedy Ann’s songs tackle topics from love-drunkenness to hospital visits with equal intimacy. Cazzola’s multi-instrumental menagerie and Phelan’s dynamic guitar flavours provide a lush backdrop to these powerful narratives, reminding you that you do indeed love the accordion—you just never heard it played this sweetly. 

Tragedy Ann captured these sounds on their debut EP, Stumbling, released in 2016. The pair has since charmed audiences across Canada, “...delivering finely crafted and carefully arranged songs with the honesty and enthusiasm of people who can’t help but create and perform.” (Jon Farmer, Georgian Bay Roots). They will release their first full-length album, produced by Toronto audio-genie James Paul, in autumn 2018.