Haze & Dacey
Haze & Dacey are an acoustic duo comprised of Kirsten Hazler (lead and backing vocals, acoustic guitar, keys) and John Dacey (backing and lead vocals, upright bass, guitar).
At their shows, you can expect to hear a variety of folk, alt-country, roots-rock, country-blues, and the occasional hint of jazz or swing. Song selection and delivery style can be tailored to suit the coffee shop, the upscale wine bar, the family-friendly outdoor festival or the somewhat grittier scene of the local watering hole.
Haze’s strong, clear vocal is smooth as silk on a ballad, but takes on sass and swagger as the song warrants. Dacey’s tenor is close in range and rougher in texture, lending tight harmonies or the occasional lead vocal. Every now and then, they bust out the mouth-horns.
Based in Richmond, Virginia, the duo ranges beyond their hometown into the Tidewater area, the western hills between Charlottesville and Staunton, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. While holding down professional careers as an ecologist and a special education teacher, they maintain a busy schedule as weekend warriors, gigging several times a month. They are always on the lookout for opportunities to travel and share their music in new places.
Haze writes many of the duo's songs, and they cover a wide-ranging list of artists such as Patty Griffin, Imelda May, Tom Petty, Alison Krauss, Joni Mitchell, and The Decemberists. "We specialize in obscure covers," says Haze. "But we also throw in great songs that people will recognize, as long as they are not overplayed."
If you've heard a song five times on the radio in one day, you definitely will not hear it at a Haze & Dacey performance. But if you sometimes wonder whatever happened to your old Toad the Wet Sprocket album, you may be surprised and delighted to hear one of their songs performed by this duo.
Click here to read about our gigs and other experiences on the road.
During our 2015 summer tour, while visiting a friend in Concord, MA, we crashed an open mic. This video captures the tail end of the Decemberists' "Down by the Water" and the entirety of Katzenjammer's "Demon Kitty Rag".
- Landslide (Fleetwood Mac)
- Bird in the house (Railroad Earth)
- Keep the customer satisfied (Simon & Garfunkel)
- Terrible things (April Smith)
- The way (Fastball)
- I'm a believer (The Monkees)
- Give it up or let me go (Bonnie Raitt)
- Manifest destiny (Guster)
- Crazy little thing called love (Queen)
- Gone gone gone (Everly Brothers)
- Eternity (Imelda May)
- Every little thing she does is magic (The Police)
- Running down a dream (Tom Petty)
- Yer so bad (Tom Petty)
- Oh Atlanta (Alison Krauss)
- Down by the water (The Decemberists)
- Big Brown Eyes (Old '97s)
- Rain King (Counting Crows)
- Can't cry anymore (Sheryl Crow)
- Cold War (Tori Sparks)
- 16 Days (Ryan Adams)
- Big Yellow Taxi (Joni Mitchell)
- Trouble (Over the Rhine)
- Gimme one reason (Tracy Chapman)
- Time after time (Cyndi Lauper)
- Fall down (Toad the Wet Sprocket)
- Black horse and a cherry tree (KT Tunstall)
- Through the dark (KT Tunstall)
- Son of a preacher man (Dusty Springfield)
- Change (Patty Griffin)
- Making pies (Patty Griffin)
- Love throw a line (Patty Griffin)
- Burgundy shoes (Patty Griffin)
- Can't let go (Randy Weeks)
- Dead flowers (Rolling Stones)
- Wild Horses (Rolling Stones)
- Back to me (Kathleen Edwards)
Originals (all by Kirsten Hazler unless otherwise indicated)
- Singin' for a dollar or a dime
- Red Queen
- Sweeter than a Margarita
- Next Train
- Bookstore Crush
- Heavy (Shakespeare/Hazler)
- Impulsive One
- Song for Shoe
- River Flow (Chris Ludwig, guitarist for the full band)