Sister-brother duo, The Hydes, have recently released an imaginative, fresh, and enthralling take on folk and roots music with their debut album Green & Blue, weaving creatively and decisively through an eclectic musical landscape of Irish, American folk, bluegrass, and beyond. They merge these acoustic styles to create textured instrumentals and rich vocal harmonies in a way that speaks unmistakably of roots in Colorado and Ireland, as well as visits to places in between.
From gigs in Nashville to Ireland, sold-out shows at home in Colorado and the Western USA, and most recently Iceland, The Hydes continue to expand their collective, exploratory musical scope. Joanna (fiddle, vocals) and Iain (guitar, mandolin, vocals) grew up in a musical family, traveling the USA to share their music at festivals, house concerts, workshops, and various concert venues from their primary school days onward. Their focus on Irish music first came by way of scholarships to the Augusta Heritage Center’s “Irish Week,” where they studied with James Kelly, Liz Carroll, and Antoin MacGabhann, as well as the late Jerry Holland of Cape Breton, who left an especially indelible mark as he stayed with them on multiple occasions and played many late-night sitting-room sessions in their Colorado home.
Joanna Hyde received the Jack Kent Cook Foundation’s Graduate Arts Award, moved to Ireland to take an MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance at Irish World Academy of Music and Dance (IWAMD). She is fiddler and lead vocalist for The Hyde’s.
Iain Hyde, known for his versatility as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist and his creativity as a songwriter, has composed, performed, and taught music across the USA. Iain’s eclectic guitar voicing stem from studying finger-style blues, Texas swing, and Irish styles.
“This is a magical duo to watch” – LiveIreland.com
“Iain and Joanna are big talents. Big… Joanna’s fiddle work can be blazing, but is always beautifully controlled and tasteful. She is a fiddle star already…[Iain’s] guitar is VERY current, hip, fab chords and runs—but all very tasteful and intuitively grasping how to support the fireworks being brought by the fiddle…” – Irish Music Magazine