(this session was recorded in Toronto, Ontario by BeeHive Productions during the 2013 Folk Alliance International Conference, February 2013)
Pharis & Jason Romero - who are joined in life as well as onstage - live in tiny Horsefly, British Columbia, where they create great music and Jason builds custom banjos. The duo has drawn attention to their finely crafted, contemporary old-time songs and earned the titled New/Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2012 Canadian Folk Music Award and Americana Album of the Year at the 2012 Independent Music Awards.
Coming from a thousand miles and a border apart, Pharis and Jason Romero met in 2007 at an old-time fiddle jam. Both had been playing music for decades – Pharis her whole life – and both were drawn to early country, old time, blues, and bluegrass. Pharis' songs have been played on radios around the world, and she was called a "historical treasure" by the BC Folklore Society. On stage from a very young age with her family's country band, she was a co-founder of the award-winning and innovative roots-folk band Outlaw Social, releasing two celebrated albums from 2005 to 2009. Jason was a fixture on the Arcata, CA bluegrass and old-time scene, and is deft in banjo styles from early fingerstyle to clawhammer to bluegrass. When not playing banjo, his resophonic and acoustic guitar playing is a distinct texture, melodic and percussive.
Aside from building and performing, they also spend much of their year teaching at music camps and workshops including BC Bluegrass Workshops, Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Voiceworks, Fiddle Works, 108 Mile Bluegrass Camp, Georgia Straight Guitar Workshop, and others. Hear Pharis tell the most romantic story in folk music and watch video performances shot in Toronto by Folk Alley and BeeHive Productions.