Emilyn Stam and John David Williams merge the melodic voices of violin and clarinet, with a touch of accordion, creating a modern, playful sound steeped in traditions from regions of Europe and North America.

  • “Ingenious, witty…” – fROOTS Magazine (UK)
  • This is creative, witty and beautiful music making.” – Alison Melville, WholeNote Magazine
  • “Emilyn and John have a tremendous way of progressing folk music that is
    respectful but at the same time so freeing and playful.” – Tom Power

Emilyn Stam and John David Williams merge the melodic voices of violin and clarinet, creating a modern sound steeped in tradition. Their individual and collective interests in Klezmer, New Orleans Jazz, Old Time, Bluegrass, French and Scandinavian folk musics give insight to their playful and innovative duet compositions.

Not limited to original music, their repertoire often has a strong connection to traditional dance, and explores a wide palette of sound through various combinations of violin, clarinet, accordion, harmonica and piano. 

They first started playing music together as members of the Lemon Bucket Orkestra. Currently John also leads the old-time jazz band The Boxcar Boys and Emilyn tours with Italian diatonic accordion virtuoso Filippo Gambetta. Emilyn and John’s duo CD features all original instrumental compositions and they have toured this music throughout Canada and Europe.


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