Cassidy Joy makes her debut at Celtic Festival with a band of Nevada County pros. As a lead and featured vocalist of numerous projects over the years, Joy has carved her name in the industry with her ability to adapt to multiple different genres and interpret songs from a vast span of decades and musical categories.
Through choir at Waldorf School, under the musical teachings and direction of Maggie McKaig, Joy was first exposed to traditional European and Renaissance era music. Her love for Celtic and European Traditional music grew and expanded when she played with Jay Tausig – including a set at WorldFest in 2016.
Joy performed as a featured vocalist with Cousin Cricket, Objects In The Mirror, and The Rayos.
In 2016 she directed, produced and lead the well-received “Simple Dreams” concert at Center For the Arts, a night of Linda Ronstadt.
Since then, she has performed several shows as bandleader, focusing on traditional music from England, Ireland and Scotland, as well as a large repertoire of folk-rock favorites from artists such as Sandy Denny, Anne Briggs, Fairport Convention and Richard Thompson who she sites as a key influence.
Joy currently performs with Peter Johnson in the duo Small Town Romance. Their unmistakable onstage chemistry applies to a range of material from traditional songs to folk to contemporary rock & pop.
Her duo with vocalist/guitarist Karen Woerner performs regularly around the foothills.
Joy brings to the KVMR Celtic Festival a versatile band featuring Johnson (Small Town Romance, Crashing Boars, Johnson & Joy) on lead guitar and hurdy gurdy, Shawn Prescott on flute, harp and percussion, and Philip Wright (The Rattlin’ Bones, Buffalo Gals) on the double bass. Together, they make a melting pot of ancient, mythical stories and tradition, blended perfectly with a small dose of rock & roll, and a whole lot of magic.