Hi! My name is Zoe Guigueno and I play bass (mostly upright, a little electric here and there), sing, and write songs. I live in Brooklyn, New York, although most of my time is spent on the road. I grew up in the Southern Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Canada, and after I was all done growing up at age 17 I moved out to Toronto to study jazz at Humber College. A lot of my story can be told through the different bands I've played in, so below you will see a list of projects, from most recent to most ancient.
above photo by Adam Frehm
I joined Della Mae in 2015 right after they recorded their third album. My first gig with them was at Big Sky Bluegrass Festival in Montana, where I almost died skiing. Now I travel the world with this amazing group of women and we are currently writing a new album.
Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards
I am one of the rotating bassists in Laura Cortese's fabulous quartet of singing string players, the Dance Cards. Touring with this band involves facilitating a postcard-writing station at each show, and hiking whenever possible.
Joe K. Walsh, Walsh/Woodsmith Quartet
Playing with mandolinist, singer and songwriter Joe K. Walsh is a very freeing experience. It just feels easy. I play with him in a variety of configurations, one of which is a quartet with Celia Woodsmith (from Della Mae) and the great fiddler Bobby Britt (Town Mountain).
In 2015 Della Mae had a gig as the house band for a Dolly Parton tribute show in Perth, Scotland. One of the artists we collaborated with on this show was the incredible vocalist and songwriter, Yola Carter. In the summer of 2017 I toured with Yola in Western Canada, promoting her EP Orphan Offering.
Joy Kills Sorrow
Joy Kills Sorrow was a big turning-point in my life - I left Canada and started touring the US with some of the best musicians I had ever played with - Matt Arcara, Wes Corbett, Jacob Jolliff and Emma Beaton. We recorded an EP together, though the band had two fabulous albums out before I joined (Bridget Kearney was the bassist before me & wrote a lot of the band's material). We disbanded in 2014.