Listening to Catherine Miles and Jay Mafale’s songs is like hearing a story from a good friend. Illustrated with everyday details that are almost tangible, they are at once personal yet universal. Catherine’s expressive voice is at times a powerhouse, at times warm and familiar. Jay’s guitar is alternately percussive and melodic, propelling the narrative. They couple these songs with a candidness and playful approachability on stage that disarms the audience, opening hearts just wide enough to let the light in.
Miles & Mafale know a little something about letting in light, especially during dark times. Experience has taught them about perseverance and perspective. Those lessons provide the sturdy foundation on which they craft songs that enlighten and entertain, with hope always at their core.
These “slice-of-life” songs have earned them recognition as three-time Kerrville New Folk Finalists, Most Wanted Artists in Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s Emerging Artist Competition, by the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, and in the South Florida Folk Festival Singer-Songwriter Competition.
Known to audiences as two-thirds of The YaYas and half of No Fuss and Feathers, Catherine and Jay spent the last few years focusing their efforts on touring with No Fuss and Feathers in support of the group’s album, Traveling Circus (#22 Top Album of 2016 on Folk DJ and named one of the Best Albums of 2016 by WFMT's Rich Warren).
These days, the husband and wife team find themselves turning their unaffected style toward more socio-political themes. The release of their next duo album is set for 2018.