Farewell Friend plays inaugural Live! From ADP
Here at YES! Weekly, we like to do things a little differently. If any local bands that want to put their music out there, we welcome them with open arms. That is why we started our own version of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts called YES! Weekly Live! From ADP (ADP stands for the ad department, which is the part of our office that we house local bands and musicians.) Our first Live! From ADP was Jan. 19 and featured the band Farewell Friend. Farewell Friend is an “Appalachian rock,” Americana, folk band founded by Tom Troyer (singer, songwriter, acoustic guitar).
“I want to keep folk at the peripheral and experiment with a bunch of other stuff,” Troyer said. “It falls squarely under alternative Americana.”
Farewell Friend is composed of Troyer, Aaron Cummings (drums), Evan Campfield (upright bass) and Mark Byerly (electric guitar, dobro and lap steel). They also have a studio band members Virginia Wimmer (violin), Michael Kuehn (piano) and Ben Jones (drums) that join them in the studio.
“It is interesting to think about too, folk music it’s like the people’s music,” Campfield said. “You know, writing about small-town problems. I think that Farewell Friend covers subject such as that. Maybe not in the same style but the topic of discussion is the same as folk music.”
In fact, Farewell Friend’s work in progress as of now is an album called Glenwood and Gomorrah.
Troyer said it is about different people in his neighborhood of Glenwood.
“Over the last few years of living there and watching things transition and change because UNCG has annexed a large portion of that area,” Troyer said. “Some good things, some great things and some you know, difficult things that change and that is just one thing that I feel like I touch on.”
Farewell Friend played three songs at Live! ADP, “The Pearl,” “Dreamcatcher,” and “Grandfather Clock.”
Grandfather Clock and Dreamcatcher both appear on their new EP Grandfather Clock, available now at their Bandcamp website.
Aside from the band, Troyer has his own recording business, Black Rabbit Audio and podcast, “Greensboro Grooves” that he does with his wife, Joylyn. He said you could find that podcast on Soundcloud as well as “anywhere you can find a podcast.”
Coming up, Farewell Friend is playing in Lynchburg, Virginia, at the White Hart Cafe on Jan. 26. You can catch them this weekend at Fourth and Trade in Winston-Salem for their EP release party on Jan. 20 at 6:30 p.m. They will also be making their rounds to Scuppernong Books on Jan. 21 at noon where they will be playing with Colin Cutler.
Stay tuned for more Live! From ADP shows coming soon!