Yes, David Bromberg was a founding member of the Angel Band, performing with the band for quite some time when they were starting out. And the Angel Band still plays some concerts with Bromberg – like Saturday, December at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, and at The Egg in Albany, back in April.
That should come as surprise, considering that Nancy Josephson – the leader of the Angel Band – is married to Bromberg.
But she and her band certainly aren’t riding on Bromberg’s coattails. Since Bromberg’s departure from the fold, the Angel Band has established itself as a top-notch band in its own right. The band still has its roots in bluegrass – Josephson was a member of the Syracuse-based all-female bluegrass band, the Buffalo Gals, back in the ’70s – but they’ve stretched out considerably beyond those genre borders.
Backed by Josh Kanusky, Tony Capella and Marc Moss, the intertwining vocal harmonies of Josephson, Kathleen Weber and Aly Paige are dazzling. But what sets them apart from the run-of-the-mill female folk trios is that each member of the threesome has got a big, powerhouse voice, and they aren’t afraid to belt it out.
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk