The band grew up with the traditional music scene, deeply embedded in the family. As Kolonien they reinvent their roots with their rich Swedish harmonies, both instrumentally and vocally.
Their journey started in their teens, when they left their countryside home to travel around Sweden as protest singers in the Swedish Green movement. When they got invited to perform at a Zanzibar festival in Tanzania in 2010, things really started taking shape.
It was meant as a one-time gig, but the songs and the conversations of change fell in place unexpectedly well and they decided to start a band and write their own songs.
Kolonien have released two albums. Twice prized and awarded at the Swedish Folk and World Music Awards. Also twice nominated for one of their offspring projects Världens Band for which they’ve gathered thirteen musicians from six countries.
Ruby Mac (formerly Emma June Band) was founded on the tenets of friendship. Grounded in their New England roots, their name references a sweet and tart apple——radiantly passionate, and fiery red. Ruby Mac encapsulates both the band’s unapologetic existence and simultaneous commitment to vulnerability and softness.
Comprised of Abbie Duquette on the fretless uke bass, Zoe Young on vocals and guitar, Abby Kahler on vocals and fiddle, and Emma Ayres on vocals and guitar, the band is notorious for their humorous banter, theatrical antics, and energized presence. Inspired by Americana traditions, these four songstresses are rough around the edges with their unabashed harmonies, and pictorial lyricism. As a wise woman in Nashville once said to them: “You deserve what you want.” They want this.
Vocals, Guitar / Emma Ayres
Bass, Vocals / Abbie Duquette
Vocals, Guitar / Zoe Young
Fiddle, Vocals / Abby Kahler