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Whitherward // The Honeyville Rascals


Indie-Folk Touring Duo.

Whitherward is the partnership between singer-songwriters Ashley E. Norton and Edward A. Williams. Founded in Nashville in December of 2013, the duo has built a catalog of varied, intricate songs that explore the effects of the human condition. Growing tired of the music industry warfare, Ash and Ed set off to play music they love for people who love music. In 2015, the duo threw their belongings into storage and never looked back. They grew into full-time touring artists, embarking on several cross-country non-stop loops, while releasing four EP’s from their Subaru. Now, with the long distance addition of band members Stephanie Groot on violin and Patrick Hershey on upright bass, the group settled in Phoenix for two months to produce their first full length album, completely independently. “The Anchor,” crowd-funded without the platforms of kickstarter, indie-gogo or go-fund-me, was produced, engineered written and recorded by Whitherward at Gold Capp Studio’s, with the help of Tony King on drums and studio owner, Thomas Max Massano, on assistant engineering. They’ve been compared to a modern-day Simon & Garfunkle, Penny & Sparrow, The Civil Wars, and influences of rock, folk, jazz, singer/songwriter and trip-hop. The hard-hitting lyrical style, supported by thunderous vocals, string sections and dueling guitars, brings a new dimension to the indie-folk world. “Whitherward” is an old English word meaning “In which direction?” So we ask you…Whitherward leith the way home?



The Honeyville Rascalls

Whether it's music from early 1900s Hawaii, jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, or their own original songs about everything from scenic road trips to mysterious murders, the Honeyville Rascals are playing what they love. Their music is rooted in the traditions of jazz, blues and folk. The duo weaves together vocal melodies & harmonies accompanied by ukuleles, banjo and percussion. Back in 2008, after meeting in a workshop while endeavoring to improve their ukulele skills, Sunga Rose and Michael Alexander began putting together a list of the songs they always wanted to play. Their separate paths of musical interest led each of them to a love for early jazz. Several years later, they boast an eclectic repertoire which includes popular material culled from 10 decades of songwriting as well as many tunes of their own. 

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Earlier Event: June 20
Wide Open Mic
Later Event: June 22
WIDE Open Mic