Press Quotations

Here's what the critics say about Joyce Luna:

“The complexity and polish will stand you still and stop you breathing just in order to get a better listen. I found it spellbinding, which I proved by driving through a stop sign (luckily without incident) while listening in my car! Joyce’s lyrics are surface lovely, poetic, yet are generally conveying volumes of underlying story as well...”—Shirley Cottle, Folk_Music

“Using guitar, dulcimer, & remarkable melodies, Joyce creates gentle, stirring & sometimes haunting acoustic folk music...Extraordinary.”—Gene Armstrong, Arizona Daily Star

“...Just about the closest thing to musical nirvana you’re going to encounter in this or any other life, unless you’ve been very, very, good indeed & have a major deity owing you a big favor.”—The Metroland

“Lovely words, sung as if directly from some exceptionally magnificent angelic choir. A magnanimous treat for us mere mortals!!! Highly recommended & NOT TO BE MISSED!”—Stavros Moschopoulos, United Nations FAO CASA Gazette, Rome Italy

“An amazing release... Do yourselves (& your listeners) a favor—this one is a keeper!”—Steve Jerrett, KOPN Radio, Columbia MO

“Once in a blue moon I hear something that stops me dead & leaves me staring dumbly at the speakers like a dog at a whistle. Here’s one... So Strong is a special record. You will not regret owning this.”—Paul Rapp, The Metroland

“This stuff is amazing. [Rhythms, Rhymes and Tides is] very different yet perfect for airplay. I had to catch my breath!” —Woody Harris, WWGC Radio, Carrollton GA

“[Joyce] possesses exactly what the throngs of angst-mad modern folk singers only crave: originality, wit & style." —Lahri Bond, Dirty Linen

“A recording filled with gorgeous vocal arrangements, gifted songwriting, & outstanding accompanying players... Listeners who find their way to [Rhythms, Rhymes and Tides] will play it over &over again.— Roberta Schwartz, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange


“It's not just the romantic music... it's also the sense that [Joyce] still believes when lots of folks have just given up on love, dedication, & equal rights.”—Taylor Caffery, WRKF Radio, Baton Rouge LA

“A Perfect Album... [So Strong ] is total captivation from the opening cut.”— Danna Garcia, Canadian River Music

“The first three cuts of So Strong are among the loveliest songs I’ve heard in quite some time, especially Desert Rain, a song that reminds us that love can be as fragile as a cactus flower waiting to bloom... A singer-songwriter spectacular.”— Rob Weir, Advocate Newspapers

“Heart, integrity, and musical virtuosity.... Rarely does a recording come along these days that can capture my attention & not leave the stereo for days at a time. Such is this bright star [So Strong]...with Joyce’s stunningly beautiful vocals.”— Lahri Bond, Dirty Linen
 
“Some of the most beautiful and unusual vocal harmonies that I have heard in years.”—David Pyles, Music Alive!
 
“If I had been able to choose the music that was playing when I was born, it would have been So Strong.  The singing is sublime... The supporting instrumentation is quietly resonant with mood... The messages shine.”— Laura Post, Sing Out!
 
“Rich, dark timbres and sweet harmonies characterize the magic this duo works; each song has an uncommon emotional depth and vocal beauty, not to mention gorgeous acoustic instrumentation and an exquisitely clear recording. The original song Desert Rain moved this reviewer to tears just reading the lyrics! These women have a true gift.”— Ladyslipper Catalog

Selected Appearances

Selected Performances:
Tucson Folk Festival, Tucson AZ (2014, 2015, 2016)
Monterey Court, Tucson AZ
First Night, Boston, Brockton, & Northampton MA
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Hillsdale NY
New England Folks Festival, Boston MA
The Folk Project Fall Festival, Stillwater NJ
National Women’s Music Festival, Bloomington IN
Springfest/Fallfest, Camden ME
Gulf Coast Women's Music Festival, Gulfport MS
Marblehead Festival of the Arts, Marblehead MA
Eistedfedd Festival, Dartmouth MA
Campfest, NJ
International Virginia Woolf Conference, Baltimore MD
Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton MA
Club Passim, Cambridge MA
The Eighth Step, Albany NY
Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs NY
Left Bank Cafe, Blue Hill ME
The Sounding Board, Hartford CT
The Folkway, Peterborough NH
Old Vienna Kaffeehaus, Westboro MA
The Folkal Point, Columbia MD
Green Willow Folk Club, Wilmington DE
People’s Voice Cafe, Greenwich Village NY
Four Moon  Coffeehouse, New Orleans LA
Meristem, Memphis TN
The Shell, Memphis TN
Unity & Diversity Conference, Hampshire College, Amherst MA
National Child Rights Alliance Conference, Wellesley MA & Chicago IL
AIDS Action Fund, Cambridge MA
VOICES in Action National Conference, Cherry Hill  NJ
Cross Rip Coffeehouse, Nantucket MA
Fresh Ground Coffeehouse, Gardner MA
U’N’I Coffeehouse, Springfield MA
South Sound Coffeehouse, New Rochelle NY
The Renaissance Coffeehouse, Nashua NH
Uptown Coffeehouse, Bronx NY
Antigone’s, Tucson AZ
Unitarian Church Coffeehouse, Tucson AZ
LB’s, Coral Gables FL
Yale University, New Haven CT
Chaoumbley’s, Brandeis University, Waltham MA
Sundays at Eight, Amherst College, Amherst MA
Sage Colleges, Albany NY
Concord Academy, Concord MA
Univ. of Southern Maine, Portland ME
Bowling Green University, Bowling Green OH
Minstrel Coffeehouse, Basking Ridge NJ
 
Selected Live Radio:
WHYY, Philadelphia PA (Gene Shay)
WAMC, Albany NY (Wanda Fischer)
WWUH, Hartford CT (Ed McKeon)
WUMB, UMass/Boston, Boston MA
WERS, Emerson College, Boston MA
WADN, Concord MA
WFCR, Amherst MA (Susan Forbes Hanson)
WRSI,  Greenfield MA (Johnny Memphis)
WHUS, Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs CT
WMUA,  UMASS/Amherst, Amherst MA
WRPI, Rensslaer NY (Sonny Ochs)
WPKN, Univ. of Bridgeport, Bridgeport CT
WMFO, Tufts University, Medford MA
WRTC, Trinity College, Hartford CT
WUNH, Univ. of NH, Durham NH
WKNH, Keene Univsity, Keene NH
WVUD, Univ. of Delaware, Wilmington DE
 
Appearances With:
Ellis Paul
The Story/Jonatha Brooke
disappear fear
Kristina Olsen
Jamie Anderson
David Massengil
Rosalie Sorrells
Catie Curtis
Bob Franke
Ani DiFranco
Lucie Blue Tremblay
Ubaka Hill
Fred Small
Kim & Reggie Harri
Jim Henry
Greg Greenway
Erica Wheeler
The Flirtations
Alice DeMicele
Christopher Shaw
Brooks Williams
Robyn Landis
Eric Hansen