Frøjya

Frøjya

 Rochester, New Hampshire, USA
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Frøjya (pron. Fruh-ya) connects the darkness with the light, beauty with strength, and the past with the future. They wield wild, intelligent soul; a spiritual story that roars to life crackling with energy and soaked with emotion; a sort of heavy jazz wrenched from the soul of the earth.

Biography

Named after the Norse goddess, Frøjya (pron. Fruh-ya) connects the darkness with the light, beauty with strength, and the past with the future.

After thirteen years of chaos both on and off the stage, two studio albums, television appearances, dozens of music festivals and hundreds of shows, a major lineup change inspired Rhythm Ship members Maggie Woods, Aaron Johnson, Phil Barber & Doug Knutsen to take the band in a new direction.

With so much history, they bear the scars of many battles lost and won. In the process, they've built a strong foundation and shaped their sound: wild intelligent soul; a spiritual story that roars to life crackling with energy and soaked with emotion; a sort of heavy jazz wrenched from the soul of the earth.

Now they've cast off the burden of that past, but the magic remains. This new formation transcends the modern experience to connect with the deeper senses, drawing life now from a deeper well.

Inspired by sonic storytellers like Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead, Jack White, Pink Floyd and Jefferson Airplane, they create soundscapes that alter reality, as the rhythm of the seasons shapes the wild northern landscape that surrounds them.

Frøjya continues the work that The Rhythm Ship began, and they carry the legacy of that music into the future. But the trajectory has changed, and that future is of their own design.


The Band

MAGGIE WOODS: Vocals
Strong vocals are a must for any band, and Maggie shines. Her confident, clear vocal style has a bluesy tone that ranges from warm and fuzzy to hard enough to cut stone when necessary. She has a natural ability to harmonize, even in improv, and fills out the band's sound perfectly.

AARON JOHNSON: Guitar
Aaron brings a wealth of experience and diversity to band. Though an award-winning bluegrass banjo player, he's been playing guitar in all its forms for nearly all his life, and even did time at the illustrious Berkley College of Music in Boston. His raw tones and natural intuition are unmatched.

PHIL BARBER: Bass, Vocals
From the celestial sonic chaos emerged Phil Barber, and through coincidental happenstance he vibrated into sync with Frøjya. With eclectic roots, a music degree and over 15 years of experience in live performance, Phil combines the spiritual nature of music and the laws of vibrational physics to generate a sonic buoyancy that helps to float this mountain of sound.

DOUG KNUTSEN: Drums, Vocals
A dedicated drummer with three decades' experience, Doug brings years of formal training in Jazz, Latin, and African polyrhythms to the band. His tight rolls and complex snare and cymbal work add intricacy to the music. While infusing the music with dynamics, power and drive, Doug makes every performance as unique as Frøjya itself.


Discography

Set List

Thanks to their improvisational abilities and intentionally flexible song formats, Frøjya set can be custom-fit to any time slot, whether it be 30 minutes, 4 hours, or midnight 'til sunrise. The band is aware of the impact that covers can have on an audience, but chooses not to focus on them, limiting covers to one or two per set at most.

Some covers from past shows (in no particular order):
Heart Lines (Florence and The Machine)
Carolina Drama (Raconteurs)
Loving Cup (The Rolling Stones)
Another Brick In the Wall Pt. II (Pink Floyd)
Don't Let Go (Jerry Garcia Band)
Son Of A Preacherman/Hits From the Bong (Dusty Springfield/Cyprus Hill)
Werewolves of London (Warren Zevon)
Baba O'Reily (The Who)
Never Too Late (Spearhead)
All Along The Watchtower (Bob Dylan)
Money for Nothin' (Dire Straits)