The Boston bluegrass troupe returns after their performance at Spoleto in 2012. 8:30 p.m.
Last fall, Bridget Kearney and the Boston-based bluegrass band Joy Kills Sorrow parted ways, and while the band has bounced back, there’s no doubt that the Joy Kills Sorrow that Charlestonians will see this week will be a decidedly different act from the one that played Spoleto in 2012. After all, Kearney was the band’s principal songwriter. However, the band — Matthew Arcara (guitar), Emma Beaton (vocals), Wes Corbett (banjo), Jacob Jolliff (mandolin), and Zoe Guigueno (bass) — has always been a true-blue collaborative effort. “Bridget has a great way with words and music, but was only ever one part of a whole,” Arcara says. “While she did contribute a lot of the song ‘skeletons’ each member always wrote their parts to the tunes, so the sound has remained very much the same.” The guitarist adds, “Wes and Bridget are still writing together, and we just cut a new track which was a collaboration between them.” Arcara also notes that the must-see bluegrass act — Beaton, in particular, has breathtaking chops — recently recorded a seven-song EP that should be out in June. “People in Charleston can expect to hear all the new songs at the Pour House,” Arcara says. —Chris Haire WEDNESDAY