Do you ever find out about music from ages ago that you never ever listened to, probably wouldn't have given the time of day to, only to discover it years later that it's really quite special. Well, that happened to David and I last night. We were going through music with the aim to figure out someone we might compare our sound to, in order to help people know what to expect if they haven't heard us.
Now, this whole exercise, is harder than you think. I have no idea who to compare us to, and our exercise of trying to listen to different folk duos to see who we might be similar to, was completely unsuccessful. Anyway...off topic....during this trying out and playing the music of different duos, we discovered Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer. Wow. They are really good. We loved their sound, even the violin, which I can be weird with. Beautiful harmonies and touching songs, lovely guitar too. Loved them.
So... excitedly, we tried to find out more about them, and alas. Dave Carter died unexpectedly in 2002 when he was only 49. Just before he was meant to play at a festival. It's completely tragic and so so sad. It makes the sadness in their songs even sadder. Anyway, at the end of this blab I will post one of the songs we really liked. It isn't a proper video because he was dead at the time of release; she had revived music they had been working on before he died. God.
The other sad thing according to wikipedia, is that poor Dave Carter who was partner in life as well as music with Tracy Grammer, had been struggling with finding his true self for years and had recently decided he needed to live life as a woman. I'm sure it must have been a dreadfully difficult time, but they had decided to come back as an all girl duo. I just feel so much sadness for the painful time that must have been, that they didn't get to do this, and that life was cut short.
For us, the search goes on as to - who do you know that you might compare the sound of The Strange Valentines to? There are many more folk artists to listen to, but if you have any insights, throw em in. It's seems to be a tall order.
Here's Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer and tell me that isn't some sweet sounding music. Love yas.