The award-winning 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 have captured these sounds on their new LP, Matches, released in September of 2018. Produced by Toronto audio-genie James Paul, the follow-up to their 2016 EP Stumbling has swiftly seen success, including reaching #2 on the !earshot national folk/roots/blues radio charts, and receiving two Songs from the Heart songwriting awards from Folk Music Ontario. The pair continue to charm 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).
“…a unique blend of authenticity and youthful enthusiasm that is equal parts endearing and refreshing.”
“Some folk music fans are concerned that it’s a dying genre, but Tragedy Ann’s music assures that folk is still going strong.”
“A versatile folk duo who deliver finely crafted and carefully arranged songs with the honesty and enthusiasm of people who can’t help but create and perform. Their songs are sometimes simple and heartwarming, sometimes complex and spooky, and always compelling. If you’re looking for a duo that audiences will fall in love with, you’ve stumbled on the perfect pair.”
— Jon Farmer (Georgian Bay Roots Radio)
“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.”