Pharis & Jason Romero released their first duo record, A Passing Glimpse, in 2011. It won New/Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2012 Canadian Folk Music Award, Americana Album of the Year at the 2012 Independent Music Awards, and and was included on many Best of 2011 lists including Folk Alley, Uprooted Music Revue, Folk-DJ listserve, and Galaxie Folk-Roots. It was also the #1 album on the North American Folk DJ playlists, and in the Top 20 albums on the Roots Music Report into 2012.
2013 will see the release of their new duo record, and tour dates across North America.
Completely and absolutely beautiful - just great.
– Frank Hennessy, BBC Radio Wales
Quite simply it would be a crime if this album were to linger forever in a banjo music backwater - it must surely be a contender for the North American folk album of the year. 9/10.
– Americana UK
The album is warm and honest. I can’t keep it out of my player.
– CBC Music
... a record that is further proof that the epicenter of Appalachian mountain music may very well have moved to the Pacific rim.
– Driftwood Magazine
... an album that just might convince you that a little heartbreak is beautiful. I haven’t heard anything closer to the lonesome feeling evoked by Charlie and Ira Louvin.
– Penguin Eggs
... a gorgeous, ethereal set that is powered by its restraint. Pharis and Jason thus manage to sound fresh and old simultaneously, connecting 2011 to 1927 in a most soulful way.
– Art Menius
... a triumph of melodic and harmonic simplicity.
– Aberdeen Voice
With songs that are deceptively simple, their voices blend in harmony and hover in the air before taking up permanent residence with the listener.
– Folk Alley
"Wow! Every so often you’re introduced to an act that bowls you over. Pharis and Jason have perfect, yearning harmonies, classic song-writing (and great song selection), deceptively simple, deeply-satisfying arrangements and a warm and natural sound that makes you think they’re in the room with you - all adorned with little twists and turns that grab your attention all over again."
– Sandy Semeonoff, Celtic Music Radio
This is by far one of the best Folk albums I have heard all year. Listening to them is a pure joy.
– Christine Linde, KBCS
Pharis and Jason sing like birds and play wonderful old time music. Listening to their recording, I hear a banjo and a guitar, and imagine these two sweet and talented people opening the door to their cozy home in the wilds of British Columbia. The wind howls and the rain drives outside, but inside is a warm fire and a music from the true vine.
– Tim O'Brien
Pharis and Jason Romero have that duet sound that I love; the close, tight, enmeshed harmonies, so that sometimes you can't tell who's doing what—but you don't care. It's the whole that creates the feeling and gives you the chill bumps. Great songs and spare, tasteful accompaniment. I loved it.
– Alice Gerrard
I like this CD a lot. It makes me think of the music I grew up on back in Kentucky. Great songs, and some really great playing too!
– Ricky Skaggs
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. In 2010 they moved their home and the J. Romero Banjo Company north to Pharis' hometown, the small interior B.C. town of Horsefly. In this wilderness hamlet they build their finely crafted banjos, and write and sing old time country - the songs and tunes, new and old, they adore.
Writing songs about ageless characters, hard living, loss and love, 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 music band, she was a co-founder of the western Canadian outfit Outlaw Social, an award-winning and innovative roots-folk band that released two celebrated albums from 2005 to 2009.
Jason was a fixture on the Arcata, CA bluegrass and old-time scene, and is fluent 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.
Jason and Pharis played with the Haints Old Time Stringband, with fiddler Erynn Marshall and mandolinist/guitarist/songwriter Carl Jones. Releasing their debut recording, Shout Monah, in 2009, SingOut magazine said “This is a very special recording, one that [we]’ll return to time and again. "They play and sing superbly" (fRoots), and Shout Monah was named one of the best banjo releases of 2009 (Banjo Newsletter).
In 2010 Jason and Pharis went on to release their concept recording Back Up and Push. This instrumental album of fiddle tunes by nineteen celebrated west coast old-time fiddlers with guitar and banjo back-up earned them the accolade "old-time duo of Canada" (Penguin Eggs).
2011 brought the release of their first duo album, A Passing Glimpse. A beautiful collection of songs lovingly sourced from old recordings or written by Pharis, it's an album of acoustic & National guitars, fingerstyle and clawhammer banjo, and plenty of powerful duet singing. Independent Music Award winner for Best Americana Album, A Passing Glimpse hit #1 on the North American Folk DJ playlists, and won a 2012 Canadian Folk Music Award for New/Emerging Artist of the Year. It continues to attract audiences and radio play globally.
Aside from building and performing, they also spend much of their year teaching at music camps and workshops including BC Bluegrass Workshops, Fiddle Tunes, Voiceworks, Fiddle Works, 108 Mile Bluegrass Camp, Georgia Straight Guitar Workshop, and others.
Reviews & Interviews for A Passing Glimpse
Uprooted Music Revue (interview)
Northern Sky Music Magazine
R2 (Rock’n’Reel) Magazine
Black Diamond Show on WNHU (interview)
Pharis & Jason Romero - A Passing Glimpse (July 2011)
Jason and Pharis Romero & Friends - Back Up and Push (July 2010)
The Haints Old Time Stringband - Shout Monah (May 2009)
Outlaw Social - Dry Bones (2007) (Pharis' previous band)
Outlaw Social - a seven song e.p. (2006) (Pharis' previous band)
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