About Haze & Dacey:
“This is one of the best duo acts in our area.”
— Dana, owner of D & L Recording Studio in Montross, Virginia
“...captivating harmonies and dynamic instrumentation.”
— Tom, booker at Center of the Universe Brewing Co. in Ashland, Virginia
Based in Richmond, Virginia, Haze & Dacey revel in lilting melodies, tight harmonies, and compelling rhythms that make toes tap and bodies sway. Original songs written by Haze are interspersed amongst covers both familiar and obscure. The duo skips nimbly from folk-pop to alt-country to roots-rock, creating a homegrown organic sound with upright bass, acoustic guitar, piano, shaker, tambourine, and mouth-horn. They cover artists as varied as Joni Mitchell, Queen, Patty Griffin, Guster, The Wiyos, and The Decemberists.
Haze & Dacey have been playing together as a duo since 2012. They combine their love of playing music with their love of travel, entertaining audiences at various breweries, wineries, and other venues throughout Virginia, and occasionally dipping down into North Carolina. They have performed at several of Virginia's great state parks, including the "Music on the Cliffs" concert series at Westmoreland, the "Music in the Park" series at Hungry Mother, and the Caledon Art and Wine Festival. They have also ventured farther afield to appear at venues in New England, New York, and Pennsylvania. In 2016, the duo quietly released an all-original, 6-song EP, The Beaverdam Sessions.
In early 2019, Haze began writing songs inspired by The Handmaid's Tale, both the original novel by Margaret Atwood and the Hulu television series of the same name. Additional musicians were recruited to fully realize Haze's vision for this collection of songs, and so The Haze & Dacey Collective was born. The pandemic delayed recording, but the album Letters from Gilead was released on November 12, 2021 with a concert at the Richmond Music Hall. A track on that album, Under His Eye, garnered an honorable mention in the 2022 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest.
Kirsten Hazler - lead and backing vocals, acoustic guitar, keys, bass guitalele
John Dacey - backing and lead vocals, upright bass, acoustic guitar
GENRES: indie-folk, folk-pop, roots-rock, alt-country, swing
INFLUENCES: Patty Griffin, Guster, Joni Mitchell, Tom Petty, The Decemberists
This is a track from the duo's demo EP, The Beaverdam Sessions, released in 2016. It does not feature any additional musicians.
Tiny Desk Video
This is the video submitted for the 2023 Tiny Desk competition, featuring an original song from the “Letters from Gilead” album.
BCA Video Collection
This series of three videos was captured at the Burlington City Arts Concert Series on June 22, 2018.