Joy Kills Sorrow formed in 2005, bringing together virtuoso musicians who share a love of American roots music. Beaton, who studied cello at Berklee College of Music, won “Young Performer of the Year” at the Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2008. Arcara took first place in the National Flat Pick Guitar contest at the Walnut Valley Festival in 2006. Jolliff, who was Berklee’s first full-scholarship mandolin student, won first place in the National Mandolin Championship in 2012 at the Walnut Valley Festival. Corbett teaches banjo at Berklee. Guigueno, a British Columbia native, graduated with the President's Award for the Creative and Performing Arts from Canada's prestigious Humber College in Toronto, where she studied jazz bass. She recorded and toured for years through Canada and Europe with acclaimed Canadian bands Fish & Bird, Crooked Brothers and Bull Kelp before joining Joy Kills Sorrow.
Together, the band members are beginning a new chapter for Joy Kills Sorrow as part of a story that continues to unfold.