Singing vibrant duets, writing deadly songs, playing their handmade banjos, and loving old acoustic guitars, Pharis and Jason Romero have a classic story. Some scratchy old records and a custom banjo led to their meeting in 2007, and they quickly knew they were in for the long haul. They’ve since released six records, toured all over, and enjoyed two Juno awards, multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards, and performances on A Prairie Home Companion and CBC’s The Vinyl Cafe.
The sound of their two voices together is quietly show-stopping. The songs are inspired by the world the Romeros live in and the lifestyle they have chosen to lead, focused on balance, simplicity and intention (with a powerful dose of the early country and folk they so dearly love). Add in a bustling boutique banjo business and the raising of two young children with the busy life of active musicians, and the balancing act itself becomes an art form.
“There’s something ancient and aching about the Romeros, a sound that feels like a reverberation from the past, even as the songs are a perfect antidote to this sped-up, modern world. Sweet Old Religion is particularly good medicine.” – No Depression