Miles & Mafale are storytellers with a sprinkling of pop-catchiness known for their plainspoken poetry, clever humor, and unique perspectives. Catherine’s voice – an expressive powerhouse. Jay’s guitar – an immersive soundscape. Their candid and playful style onstage has earned them acclaim in venerable listening rooms and festivals nationwide. Their songwriting has earned them recognition as Most Wanted Emerging Artist at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, and three-time Kerrville New Folk Finalists.
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Catherine Miles & Jay Mafale are husband and wife, co-conspirators, storytellers. They are two scoops of modern folk with a sprinkling of pop-catchiness, topped off with the wit and flair that comes of their theater backgrounds.
Catherine’s voice - resonant, expressive, a powerhouse. She’s got range and she’s not afraid to use it. Jay’s guitar - percussive, melodic, thoughtful. He creates an immersive soundscape to underscore the narrative. They are known for the plainspoken poetry, clever humor, and unique perspectives of their songs. They aim to shift points of view through themes of perseverance, hope, and strength of spirit. And yes, sometimes they throw a villain in just for fun.
Life, for most folks, is filled with up and downs. For Catherine and Jay, it has been more like riding a horse on a roller coaster (and the horse is wearing roller skates and a blindfold)! Yet... they have taken their experiences and used them to inform their song craft. Their diverse influences and initial decade of doing cover work gives them a tremendous “palette” to draw from. Catherine and Jay blend all of that into their own candid and playful style.
Audiences first came to know Catherine and Jay as a trio, The YaYas, with piano man Paul SIlverman. More recent years found them touring the country with friends Karyn Oliver and Carolann Solebello as No Fuss and Feathers.
Miles & Mafale’s songwriting has earned them acclaim in venerable listening rooms and festivals nationwide, and recognition as Most Wanted Emerging Artists at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, three-time Kerrville New Folk finalists, South Florida Folk Festival/Vic Heyman Award finalists, and Honorable Mentions in Mid-Atlantic and Braver Angels song contests. They have performed as official showcase artists at SWRFA, SERFA, NERFA, and FARM.