“A collective fresh breath was taken as Tragedy Ann took the stage and emanated romance, harmony and joy with such charm and dynamic interplay that the hush became palpable. The applause rose in wave upon wave throughout their set.”
Tragedy Ann is a forward-looking folk duo from Guelph, Ontario.
With intimacy and care, Liv Cazzola and Braden Phelan favour a flashlight over a spotlight in songs for community, nature, and hardworking hospital staff. Braiding organic vocal harmonies with accordion, singing saw, guitars, and ukulele, Tragedy Ann’s arrangements are as delicate as they are driving.
Their sounds and stories were most recently captured on 2018’s “Matches”, garnering them two ‘Songs from the Heart’ songwriting awards (Folk Music Ontario), international critical acclaim, Canadian folk/roots radio charting, and syndication on CBC Radio and Stingray Music. Performing across Canada, continental Europe and in the USA, Tragedy Ann concerts emanate “..the honesty and enthusiasm of people who can’t help but create and perform.” (Jon Farmer, Georgian Bay Roots).
Tragedy Ann has performed at such venues as the National Arts Centre, Haliburton Folk Society, Brampton Folk Society, Cuckoo’s Nest Folk Club, Blue Skies Music Festival, Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival, and Home County Folk Festival. They have gratefully received sponsorship and financial support from the Ontario Arts Council, FACTOR, Folk Music Ontario, the Women’s Music Weekend, and Stonebridge Guitars.
In addition to their musical endeavours as a duo, they can also be seen on-stage with The Lifers, heard on their peers’ albums (or theatrical productions), and found facilitating songwriting workshops and music lessons.
At home, their musical and personal lives are inevitably married - both literally and figuratively. Cazzola and Phelan are passionate about community-building, gardening, and culinary adventure. Braden sits on the Guelph Arts Council’s board of directors, and Liv leads the environmental committee on Folk Music Ontario’s board. Dedicated to living gently and ethically in community, they attend meetings, town halls, and demonstrations organized by local environmental and social justice organizations. Tragedy Ann also hosts “Hope & Hops”: a seasonal fundraising series that introduces their hometown audience to their out-of-town songwriting peers while raising money for local charities.