Hailing from the prolifically musical city of Winnipeg Manitoba Canada, The New Customs are the compelling pairing of Emma Cloney and Dale Brown. The splendid mix of guitarist Emma Cloney’s haunting voice and the playing of multi-instrumentalist Dale Brown (fiddle, mandolin, bouzouki, cigar box guitar, stomp) make up the heart of their sound. In writing together, the pair effortlessly crafts songs that range in flavour from folk to celtic to blues, yet always sound uniquely like themselves.
“These guys are gonna go places!” - Leonard Podolak, The Duhks
In the wake of a conversation in the parking lot of the West End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg’s cultural capital, and a receiving a surprise offer 12 hours later of a Western Canadian tour, Cloney and Brown formed The New Customs almost out of necessity. Instantly however, they were struck by how well their diverse musical backgrounds and writing styles meshed together. Songs flowed forth, arrangements fell into place with ease, and their style formed so naturally that it seemed effortless. Hitting the ground running at a breakneck pace, The New Customs had written and released their debut EP (recorded with folk music aficionado Scott Nolan and Juno Award winner Jamie Sitar) and were appearing on festival stages within months of that initial conversation.
In January of 2017, The New Customs decided to challenge themselves. for 4 days in a rented cabin at the Falcon Trails resort in Manitoba’s beautiful Falcon Lake, they recorded the songs they had written and arranged over the previous 9 months as a band. With a clear vision for the sound they wanted and having resolved to embrace their DIY principles, they not only sang and played everything themselves, but also did all the engineering and setup, working long days to achieve their goal. What they ended up with was the 9 song record “All Walls Fall”.
With songs ranging from the spooky and sultry “Leave Me Cold”, to a driving adaptation of the Irish ballad “Stretched Upon Your Grave”, to the uplifting title track “All Walls Fall” written in the wake of the 2016 US election, the album is a testament to both the versatility and the cohesiveness of the duo.
“...that kind of chemistry don’t come cheap, so stash that in a bottle in the trunk and run with it” - Daniel Peloquin-Hofner, Red Moon Road
While The New Customs are a new name, the pair has more than 20 years of professional musical experience between them. Equally at home at concert halls, house concerts, or festival stages, they are a diverse and dynamic presence. Driving guitar work, soaring fiddle lines, and two perfectly matched voices all combine on top of a seemingly complete rhythm section to create a larger than life sound, making it hard to believe there are only two people on the stage. Together, they are truly greater than the sum of their parts, their sound oddly familiar yet entirely new.
On stage, Cloney and Brown are a complimentary pair. Their charming, quirky sense of humour and endearing storytelling creates an instant bond between them and their audiences. Combine that with the musical “oneness” of their seemingly shared artistic brain, you can feel the energy in the room each time the duo takes the stage.
“Love the new project!” -David Landreth, the Bros. Landreth
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