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The Resonant Rogues craft fresh songs from a variety of vintage folk styles, featuring vocal harmonies accompanied by accordion, guitar, banjo, fiddle, and upright bass.  With a passion for folk music that spans continents and oceans, the band is led by partners Sparrow and Keith J. Smith.  The pair met in Asheville in the Autumn of 2012, and their instant spark lit a blaze that could not be contained. Since then, they have dedicated their lives to crafting and sharing their music, touring extensively around the world. The Rogues weave the threads of European, Middle Eastern, and American folk music together into a beautiful tapestry that simultaneously showcases tradition and innovation.

The Rogues have spent the last 6 years traveling from their mountain home in Western North Carolina all the way to Turkey, Australia, around Europe, and all around the US, sharing their music and learning traditional styles along the way. Self managed, tenacious, and fiercely independent, these adventurous travelers make it a priority to seek out epic nature and intimate, spontaneous cultural experiences on their tours.
In addition to bringing the Rogues on the road, Sparrow and Keith are full time musicians in Asheville, leading a swing band (Sparrow and her Wingmen) and a Balkan band (Black Sea Beat Society) as well as teaching swing dance lessons, keeping a garden, and, most importantly, raising an 11 year old son. The pair pull from some of the best musicians in their chosen genres for touring, playing often with Kristin Harris, Daisy Castro, and Cailen Campbell on fiddle, and Eric Heveron-Smith and Daniel Iannucci on upright bass.

The Rogues’ third studio album, Autumn of the World, was released in May, 2019.

 

Sparrowsongwriter, accordion, banjo, and vocals
rogues2-Sparrow in StudioSparrow loves to play music and dance! Her passion for movement and sound started early, with much time and energy spent on choir, orchestra, musical theatre, swing dancing, and figure skating. A voracious student, she has immersed herself in an enormous range of performance arts. Sparrow plays old fashioned originals with The Resonant Rogues, and also leads a traditional jazz band called Sparrow and her Wingmen. She also occasionally performs as a solo artist, and released a album of her original music in 2012.  Her instruments include accordion, banjo, viola, violin, piano, and musical saw.   She has been belly dancing since 2003, teaching and performing in Asheville and around the country. In 2006-2007, Sparrow attended the Circus Center in San Francisco, primarily for acrobatics, and has toured and performed with Asheville’s Runaway Circus.   For more information than you could possibly ever need about Sparrow, check out www.sparrowsings.com

Keith J. Smithsongwriter, guitar, suitcase bass drum, percussion, vocals1_rogue
Keith cut his musical teeth in his early teens, playing drums in punk/rock bands. He developed a passion for songwriting upon learning his first chords on guitar, and hosted open mics and a community music festival in his hometown of Menomonie, WI. In the spring of ’09, he left home at the age of 18, and began traveling around the US, hopping freight trains, and street performing for a living. As a traveling busker, he accompanied many acts from New Orleans to the Pacific Northwest and everywhere in between. After a few years of hard traveling and inspiration, he gained a renewed focus on songwriting and studying the guitar. In the summer of ’12 he made a demo recording of his own songs with some top musicians in Seattle. After the album was done, he hopped trains across the country to Asheville, NC, where he soon met Sparrow, and within a few days was laying tracks for her solo album. After deciding they wanted to create a co-lead group, they formed The Resonant Rogues in ’13, and Keith’s adventurous spirit is now satisfied with touring around the world.

 

All bio photos by John Gellman

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