OLD PAINT DUO is Miriam Sonstenes and Jeff Dill, who have been making acoustic music steeped in American roots traditions for over a decade. Based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and using the guitar and fiddle as their base and leaping off point, these two serve up old country songs, Texas fiddle tunes, old time square dance music and original songs with grace and style.
Their musical travels have taken them to Ireland, North Carolina, Louisiana, and across Canada on VIA Rail’s Artists on Board Program. The duo recently opened for John Reischman and The Jaybirds, and in March 2018 completed a Home Routes house concert tour in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Currently recording a full length album, set to be released in November 2018, Old Paint Duo is gearing up for an exciting year of touring and performing. Miriam also gigs regularly with the award winning roots trio The Sweet Lowdown, as well as Victoria’s progressive bluegrass-country outfit The Unfaithful Servants. Jeff is a member of Riverside Bluegrass Band and both enjoy teaching music at various camps in and around BC, including Vancouver Island Music Workshop, and Nimblefingers Bluegrass & Old Time Workshop.
With a tight vocal blend on classic duets of love, heartache and longing, and compelling fiddle tunes from many traditions, this duo brings a warm and inviting sound, infused with the pure joy of making music.