(photo credit: Natasha Ali)
Joyce Island is the musical creation of Vancouver’s Lisa Joyce. She released her debut EP in April of this year and has garnered some great press in her home province. The Province called Joyce’s debut a “rocking, raw EP“, while VanScene said “with her unique honey and milk tone that is reminiscent of old country nostalgia and the blend of honest emotive lyrics, I find myself foreseeing really big things in her near future due to her unique sound.”
Joyce Island has also been getting some national radio play on CBC and is now taking her live show on the road courtesy of Via Rail with her 2013 Folkways and Railways Tour. In addition to performing on the passenger train, Joyce will make stops in four cities including Halifax (see all tour stops at the bottom of this post). On November 7th, Joyce will play her first ever Halifax show at Michael’s Bar and Grill.
Joyce has been performing since 2007, and along the way played numerous shows and festivals including Vancouver’s International Fringe Festival, 101.9 FM CITR’s Shindig. She has performed alongside Dan Mangan and Danny Michel and has been named one of 100.5 FM’s best new artists.
Joyce’s music has been described as channelling the energies of Neil Young and Fleetwood Mac and Disorder Magazine said that “Joyce assumes the confident swagger of Tom Petty styled Americana before drenching it in blossoming female vocals that triumphantly stand their ground.
Many have placed Joyce Island’s music in the singer-songwriter / alt-folk category – and to some extent I agree (“Dry These Eyes” for example). However, the first song on her EP titled “Mercy On Me” called to mind the music of The Breeders and Verruca Salt (a couple of great female led bands from the 1990’s).
After listening to Joyce Island’s debut EP, it is easy to see why she is beloved in her home province. Be sure to head out to Michael’s on November 7th and welcome Lisa Joyce on her first visit to the Maritimes.
Folkways & Railways Tour 2013
Thurs, Nov 7 -Michael’s Bar & Grill in HALIFAX 9pm (6100 Young St)
Sat, Nov 9 – M Bar in Montreal 9pm (1245 Rue Saint-Andre)
Tues, Nov 12 – The Measure in TORONTO 9pm (296 Brunswick Ave)
Fri, Nov 22 – The Bohemia in EDMONTON 9pm (10217 97 St NW)