Whitherward is an indie-folk duo that specializes in timeless covers and original music. With powerful vocals and guitar-driven music, Whitherward plays a variety of styles and songs to fit any mood or setting.
Price Range: $300-$500
Gig Length: 60 - 180 minutes
What to Expect
Whitherward is a fun, witty, personable duo that plays a wide selection of music that can fit any event or style. We are mostly low-key, though we have a number of high energy songs that can get a room moving. Typically we are a duo, though we have been known to add in other instruments as needed. We love engaging audiences that enjoy a good time as much as we do, so we can be as interactive as need be, or we can just be background music for an event as well.
It all started with a question: “What if we formed a duo?”
Songwriters Ashley E. Norton and Edward A. Williams had been through a number of musical endeavours individually - including duos - and the prospect of a new project sounded intriguing. As details were hashed out, the core principles became readily evident: have fun and tour often. With a large stable of strong self and co-written songs and a prominent mission statement, Ash and Ed were ready to embark on a new journey. All that was needed was a name.
Again, a question: “How about ‘whitherward’?”
The name took quickly, gaining a life of its own; within days, a website was created, local shows were booked, recordings were done, and a small tour was constructed. It was exciting and validating; a musical project where the sky was the limit, and no challenge seemed insurmountable.
Then, after surveying the current outlook of their career, a new question arose: “What if we toured full-time?”
It would mean a lot of sacrifice - regular work schedules would be scuttled, permanent housing foregone, and material possessions reduced to a minimum. The performance requirements of sustaining a full-time tour would be grueling, and the workload more than doubles when considering the financial commitment required of being on the road indefinitely.
But amongst all the new responsibilities and stresses, there’s an inherent mystery about the open road - from a typical human vantage, it’s impossible to see what is around the next bend, over the next hill. In an ironic twist, this provides a startling clarity about life and how it can be lived - as so many people profess - day by day. When you can only see as far as the next hill, it somehow manages to decrease the amount of worry about what’s on the other side. Rather, it helps to build a sense of wonder for what’s over there, and you want to keep pushing to see it for yourself.
The duo now has four self-produced, self-published EPs full of intricate, thoughtful music, putting the emotions of life on the road and outside of the box on display. A full length album is in the works. New collaborations with bassist Patrick Hershey and violinist Stephanie Groot on both the 4th EP and the upcoming full-length album expand the sonic landscape of the duo’s efforts. In addition to playing over 200 shows a year, their travels enable them to reach a number of diehard fans, new destinations, and old friends that serve to grow an ever-expanding audience.
Whitherward is an Old English adverb that means “in which direction”. The word seems to invite an eternal question; it feels like the perfect fit for a duo that constantly seeks to reinvent itself in every aspect of its existence, always looking for the next impossible question to answer. There is forward; there is backward; and then there is Whitherward.
Additional Booking Notes
Our sound requirements are listed in the Stage/Setup requirements; we can work within your system and operate our own sound as needed.
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE- The Beatles
AFRICA - Toto
ALMOST CUT MY HAIR- Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
AMERICA- Simon & Garfunkel
ANGEL FROM MONTGOMERY- John Prine
BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG- The Pretenders
BAD ROMANCE- Lady Gaga
THE BIRD & THE RIFLE - Lori McKenna
BLACK & BLUE- Ingrid Michaelson
THE BOXER- Simon & Garfunkel
COME TOGETHER- The Beatles
DON'T DREAM IT'S OVER- Crowded House
DREAMS- Fleetwood Mac
DYER MAKER- Led Zeppelin
THE EYE- Brandi Carlile
FADE INTO YOU- Mazzy Star
FREE FALLING- Tom Petty
FRUITS OF MY LABOR- Lucinda Williams
HALLELUJAH- Leonard Cohen
HARVEST MOON- Neil Young
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN- CCR
HELP- The Beatles
HIDE YOUR LOVE AWAY- The Beatles
HOOK- Blues Traveller
ICE CREAM- Sarah McLachlan
IF YOU NEED TO, KEEP TIME ON ME - Fleet Foxes
IN YOUR EYES- Peter Gabriel
IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD- REM
KARMA POLICE- Radiohead
LAND OF CONFUSION- Genesis
LAST KISS- Pearl Jam
LEARNING TO FLY- Tom Petty
LONG DECEMBER- Counting Crows
LOSING MY RELIGION - R.E.M.
LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD- Pat Benetar
LOVE YOU MADLY - Cake
MARY JANE'S LAST DANCE- Tom Petty
MEADOWLARKS - Fleet Foxes
MR. JONES- Counting Crows
MRS. ROBINSON - Simon & Garfunkel
OLD MAN- Neil Young
ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART - Neil Young
PSYCHO KILLER- Talking Heads
PURE IMAGINATION/OVER THE RAINBOW- Wonka/Garland
RIVERS & ROADS- The Head & The Heart
RUNAROUND- Blues Traveler
SAVE YOUR SOUL- Jewel
SHEEP GO TO HEAVEN- Cake
SOMETHING IN THE WAY- The Beatles
SOUND OF SILENCE- Simon & Garfunkel
THANK YOU- Sly & The Family Stone
USE SOMEBODY- Kings of Leon
WE BELONG- Pat Benetar
NEW YEARS EVE- Standard
WHAT I GOT- Sublime
WILD WORLD- Cat Stephens
WITH OR WITHOUT YOU- U2
YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT- Rolling Stones
YOU DON’T KNOW HOW IT FEELS - Tom Petty
YOU MIGHT THINK- The Cars
YOU OUTTA KNOW- Alanis Morisette
YOU TURN THE SCREWS - Cake
Influences & Inspiration
We're influenced by a number of different acts - Simon and Garfunkel, Penny and Sparrow, Bob Schneider, Fleet Foxes, and Ingrid Michaelson, amongst others.
2x Main Speakers
2x Microphone Stands w/ boom attachments
1x Stage Monitor
1x Mixer with at least 6 inputs, 4 of which must be XLR (microphone); must also have phantom power capability
3x XLR cables for microphones
3x Instrument cables
3x Speaker cables for Main speakers and Monitor