The Vox Hunters (Armand Aromin and Benedict Gagliardi) are seekers and singers of old songs, tireless multi-instrumentalists, and a driving force of traditional folk music in the great state of Rhode Island. The duo is known to instigate singing and music-making at any opportunity and they delight in the community that forms around local music events. With a pair of oft-harmonizing voices accompanied by fiddle, free-reeds, and tenor guitar, The Vox Hunters present an exciting and eclectic repertoire of traditional folk songs, driving dance tunes, percussive footwork and other musical varia. They are keen on researching and sharing local songs and thus their repertoire teems with old songs from the Ocean State, but they also sing a wide variety of songs gleaned from American and British traditions and various other sources.

Armand and Benedict are touted as strong tradition-bearers in their generation and they treat the music as a communal good more than a profession. Their genuine affinity for traditional folk music is evident in the emotion they draw from it. They sing songs and play tunes the way they like to with no concern for aesthetic definition or cultural fusion. Whether in a lamp-lit living room, on a festival stage, or at a Rhode Island pub sing, The Vox Hunters offer an all-natural connection to the living tradition of folk music.


"What's a Vox Hunter?" you may be asking. Let us break it down for you:

VOX /väks/ noun [Latin] voice, vocals
HUNTER /ˈhən(t)ər/ noun a person or animal that hunts/searches for something
FOX HUNTER /fäksˈhən(t)ər/ noun a person or animal that hunts for foxes
VOX HUNTER /väksˈhən(t)ər/ noun a person or animal that hunts for voices, vocals, singing, songs
...PUN /pən/ noun [English] a joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words that sound alike but have different meanings

 

Cover photo by Anna Colliton.