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

 
 

Della Mae

 photo courtesy Jason Zucker   

photo courtesy Jason Zucker

 

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.


 

Tsibele

 photo courtesy Luisa Muhr

photo courtesy Luisa Muhr

I joined up with the New York klezmer/yiddish group Tsibele in 2017 to record the band's debut album, Indroysn iz Finster/It's Dark Outside.  I love playing in this band partly because every rehearsal is a dinner party.


 

Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards

 Still courtesy Susan Bibeau

Still courtesy Susan Bibeau

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

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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). 

 

Yola Carter

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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

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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.

 

Bull Kelp

 Still courtesy Jacob Blumberg   

Still courtesy Jacob Blumberg

 

Bull Kelp is a duo project with one of my favourite songwriters and singers, Taylor Ashton.  We made an album in 2012 called Painting & Drawing which you can find on Bandcamp.  In the last few years we co-wrote two songs, Tangled Yarn and Shoreward, which were captured on video by Jacob Blumberg.  

 

Fish & Bird

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I was a full-time member of the Vancouver-based band Fish & Bird from 2009-2011, and one of the rotating bassists since then.  I'm really proud of the albums I made with them:  Every Whisper is a Shout Across the Void (Fiddlehead Records, 2011) and Something in the Ether (Fiddlehead Records, 2014).