Tragedy Ann is a forward-looking folk duo from Guelph, Ontario.
Liv Cazzola and Braden Phelan find warmth in questions and daring in answers, making space for the tear that lies behind laughter. With intimacy and care, the duo favours a flashlight over a spotlight in songs for community, nature, and hardworking hospital staff. Braiding organic 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 September 2018’s release ‘Matches’, garnering them two ‘Songs from the Heart’ songwriting awards (Folk Music Ontario), national folk/roots radio charting, and syndication on CBC Radio and Stingray Music. Regularly touring across Canada (and, shortly, in Europe and 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).
“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)
“...enkele potentiële klassiekers op deze debuutplaat van 'Tragedy Ann'." "...some potential classics on this debut album from 'Tragedy Ann'.”
“When they're fun, they remind one of New Brunswick's Tomato/Tomato, and when things get more poignant, they present a folkier version of John K. Samson.”
“...prachtig en neemt toe in intensiteit"... "beautiful and increases in intensity”
“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.”
“...chockfull of talent and things to say... lovingly crafted, no note out of place.”
“…authenticity and youthful enthusiasm that is equal parts endearing and refreshing.”