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Wes Hamil and his wife Victoria perform as an Americana style duo, and often as a jazz folk trio or larger ensemble featuring Piano and a rhythm section.
Wes Hamil is an award wining songwriter whose compositions and performances have appeared in projects alongside Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger, and in major studio film releases. He has co-written and recorded with Oscar, Grammy and Emmy winning artists. He is a featured songwriter on the upcoming Royal Records/Sony/Orchard release by the Memphis Royal Brothers having written or cowritten 6 of the 7 original tunes on the release including a co-write withe Hall Of Fame Songwriter Paul Williams.
Victoria Hamil’s harmonica has been featured in film and television in addition to numerous releases. She has recorded for and with Robert Altman, Johnny Cash and Roy Rodgers among others.
The duo has performed on stages, radio and tv settings and in venues worldwide, including Wales, London, Paris, Rotterdam, South Africa, New Zealand and across the US. Some of the performers they have appeared with include Donovan, Lucinda Williams, Townes Van Zandt, Eric Anderson, Doug Sahm and Angie Meyers, The Sir Douglas Quintet, and many more.
Wes and Victoria perform in a variety of venues with a configuration appropriate for the size and nature of the event. House concerts and small venues are often done as an acoustic duo and occasionally will feature a jazz inflected pianist to perform alternate arrangements of songs. Larger ensembles can be tailored for the event.
A typical performance includes engaging and colorful storytelling which often provides backstory or settings for what a particular song may be about, or its origin, or who it was written with or recorded by. Wes is an adept story teller who is often called upon to appear at non musical oriented speaking engagements. While the shows are predominately focused on original material, they will also include occasional well known cover songs particularly when they illustrate a story or an influence reflected elsewhere in the set.
The music Wes and Victoria perform is reflective, thoughtful, honest and hope-laden. The songs reflect the lives of the writer and performers who play it; lives that are resonant with compassion, perseverance, generosity of Spirit, and hope through times of celebration and through challenge.
Rooted in a deep belief in the healing power and unifying force that music offers across all cultures and circumstances, Wes and Victoria look forward to sharing this experience with you.
A longer version of this bio is available for download in the EPK.
Acoustic Duo Tracks
Ensemble (Jazz Folk) Tracks
This video honors and affirms the human journey toward dignity, and safety. From wherever it starts, for whatever reason, to wherever it concludes.
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This quote from Woody Guthrie perfectly explains the Wes and Victoria Musical Journey:
“I hate a song that makes you think that you are not any good. I hate a song that makes you think that you are just born to lose. Bound to lose. No good to nobody. No good for nothing. Because you are too old or too young or too fat or too slim or too ugly or too this or too that. Songs that run you down or poke fun at you on account of your bad luck or hard travelling. I am out to fight those songs to my very last breath of air and my last drop of blood. I am out to sing songs that will prove to you that this is your world and that if it has hit you pretty hard and knocked you for a dozen loops, no matter what color, what size you are, how you are built, I am out to sing the songs that make you take pride in yourself and in your work. And the songs that I sing are made up for the most part by all sorts of folks just about like you. I could hire out to the other side, the big money side, and get several dollars every week just to quit singing my own kind of songs and to sing the kind that knock you down still farther and the ones that poke fun at you even more and the ones that make you think that you've not got any sense at all. But I decided a long time ago that I'd starve to death before I'd sing any such songs as that. The radio waves and your movies and your jukeboxes and your songbooks are already loaded down and running over with such no good songs as that anyhow.”