Dyad digs deep into the song and instrumental traditions found in the Appalachian mountain region of the eastern United States. Over 100 years ago, songs were like gazettes, with the singer relating the story of a lover, the accused, the wronged, and the cruelty of fate. Public hangings were as much entertainment as they were a reckoning - sound like a reality show? Dyad sees the correlation between events of the past and those of the present day, taking on the role of storytellers for a new generation of listeners.
The Vancouver, B.C. trio of Kori Miyanishi (vocals, banjo, guitar, fiddle, jaw-harp), Leah Abramson (vocals, guitar) and Shiho Mizumoto (fiddles), came together to play traditional American Old Time music after delving into everything from indie-rock and punk to classical and traditional music of various cultures.
With the release of their second full-length CD, No Pedlars or Preachers, in 2006 on Copperspine Records/Festival, Dyad continues their stark and haunting sound, though a line-up change (Leah Abramson replaced Stephanie Custer in 2004) takes the band further into a traditional country and stringband approach.
- From Dyad's website
Kori Miyanishi, Shiho Mizumoto, Leah Abramson