We are The New Customs


Creativity. Chemistry. Captivating. No three words could better describe Indie folk duo The New Customs.  Through their command of the many instruments they bring to the stage, along with sublime harmonies, thoughtful storytelling and razor-wit banter, Emma Cloney and Dale Brown are leaving audiences across the country wanting more.  Capable of going from foot-stompers to tear-jerkers, ballads to barnburners, The New Customs are doing their home city of Winnipeg proud tour after tour, album after album.



“Some of the hardest working road warriors out of Winnipeg” - William Prince, 2017 Contemporary Folk Roots Juno Winner



The New Customs are the compelling pairing of guitarist/ bassist Emma Cloney and multi-instrumentalist/ percussionist Dale Brown. The splendid mix of Emma’s haunting voice and Dale’s driving yet soulful playing make up the heart of their sound. In writing together, the pair crafts songs that speak to that which we all share; love, heartache, the open road, and the home waiting at the end of it.  A wide range, yet they always sound uniquely like themselves.



“These guys are gonna go places!” - Leonard Podolak, The Duhks



When offered a Western Canadian tour 12 hours after a conversation in the parking lot of the West End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg’s cultural capital, Cloney and Brown formed The New Customs almost out of necessity. Instantly however, they were struck by how well their diverse musical backgrounds and writing styles meshed together. Songs flowed forth, arrangements fell into place with ease, and their style formed so naturally that it seemed effortless. Hitting the ground running at a breakneck pace, The New Customs had written and released their eponymous debut EP and were appearing on festival stages within 3 months of that initial conversation. Now, with the release of “All Walls Fall”, the pair have already toured much of Canada and made the national Top 20 Folk/ Roots charts.



“...that kind of chemistry don’t come cheap, so stash that in a bottle in the trunk and run with it”  - Daniel Peloquin-Hofner, Red Moon Road



Equally at home at concert halls, house concerts, or festival stages, The New Customs are a diverse and dynamic presence. On stage, Cloney and Brown are a complimentary pair. Their charming, quirky sense of humour and endearing storytelling creates an instant bond between them and their audiences. Combine that with the musical “oneness” of their seemingly shared artistic brain, you can feel the energy in the room each time the duo takes the stage.Driving guitar work, soaring fiddle lines, and two perfectly matched voices all combine on top of a seemingly complete rhythm section to create a larger than life sound, making it hard to believe there are only two people on the stage. Together, they are truly greater than the sum of their parts, their sound oddly familiar yet entirely new.



“Love the new project!” -David Landreth, the Bros. Landreth