On three sun-dappled days last March, five voices of the musical group VOCO gathered in Mobile, Ala., to record in the beautiful Dauphin Street Studios. Little did they know the world would begin shutting down in response to COVID-19 the next day. Moira Smiley and VOCO scattered to shelter at home — Smiley came back to Bristol. Soon after, as cries for social justice echoed around the world, these 12 freshly-recorded songs took on a new urgency.
From the sharp, shocked inhale that opens anti-racist anthem, “Sing About It” to the rhythmic ripple of the empathic “Refugee” and sweet banjo-...
RIPTON — The Ripton Community Coffee House welcomes Moira Smiley and Seamus Egan to an online concert on Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m., and invites everyone to enjoy the music from their own comfortable, socially distanced living room. Viewers can find links to the concert at rrch.org as well find ways to donate their “entrance fee” directly to the musicians, if they so choose.
A composer, instrumentalist, and singer with an expressive and exquisite voice, Smiley is a powerhouse of talent. Born and raised in Vermont, she’s returned to her home state after many peripatetic years as a wandering...
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Election Day is gone, but fear is not. As we wait for the unfolding of our new political landscape, we remember that no matter the outcome, the world is still gripped by COVID, racial divides and increasing unrest. It’s a pretty bleak way to enter winter.
Local singer, composer and song-collector Moira Smiley has a gift for us all with her freshly released folk single “Days of War.”
Originally written with guitarist Seamus Egan soon after the horrific events at the Unite the Right neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Va., in August 2017, the song “asks how we go on... singing, making things,...
MIDDLEBURY — Coming in mid-July, enthusiastic singers will gather from all across Vermont — as well as Quebec, upstate New York, and northern New Hampshire — for a day of celebratory singing. This first-ever Vermont Big Sing event is organized by Moira Smiley in partnership with Bread Loaf School of English’s Centennial Celebration and presented by Middlebury College.
Led by exceptional musical artists of several genres and traditions, participants will sing all together from 12-5 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, and then hold a collaborative concert the same night. The event will take place in...
BRISTOL'S MOIRA SMILEY will bring her folk music to Tourterelle in New Haven for an Epic Little Folk Fest on Friday, Sept. 20.
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NEW HAVEN — The name says it all: Epic Little Folk Fest. This one-night festival of folk music, food and friends is coming to Tourterelle in New Haven on Sept. 20 — and, yes, it’s going to be, well, epic. Mark your calendars now.
Moira Smiley and the beloved Nordic folk band SVER (pronounced “Sfeer” — which means “grand” by the way) will headline the evening with energizing folk and traditional tunes. Smiley’s plaintive, powerful voice will weave between the fiery, inventive forces of SVER’s fiddles (including the special Norwegian hardanger fiddle), accordion, guitar, and drums. Alternating...