Angel Band: Beyond Folk Jams

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Set List

  • "Boots of Guadaloupe"
  • "When I Sing This Song"
  • "Let It Rain"
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Led by Nancy Josephson, wife of distinguished blues guitarist David Bromberg, Angel Band is the product of informal folk jams in Wilmington, Del. Armed with outstanding vocal talent and a stellar backing bluegrass band — including Bromberg — Angel Band is about to release a sequel to its fine first album, Beautiful Noise.

The band's lead vocalist and bass player, Josephson has played with The David Bromberg Band and Arlo Guthrie, as well as the legendary Chicago Gospel Choir. Joining Josephson on vocals are Kathleen Weber, the newest and youngest member of the band, and Jen Schonwold. Weber brings experience singing with a "dreadneck" (reggae/country) band, while Schonwold has been extremely active in the Philadelphia folk scene, performing as a singer/guitarist with Full Frontal Folk.

Performing original compositions and an impressive variety of blues and folk staples, Angel Band continues to expand its scope, most recently earning a spot at the 2007 Bonnaroo festival. The group is in the process of releasing a second album as it tours up and down the East Coast with Bromberg. In this segment, Josephson explains the inspiration behind her song "Boots of Guadeloupe."

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