North of Too Far Downs
Inspired by comedian Louis CK, Billy set aside all his original music and started writing fresh in the Winter of 15/16. The music was developed by putting the fresh charts in front of a new group of sight readers each week at The ByWater in Asheville. It was exciting to see what worked and what didn't, what each musician brought to the table, and how that helped shape the concept of each song. Billy and Simon George, friends due to their connection at the UNCA jazz piano department, have found an exciting common ground where composition meets groove and exciting rhythms meet beautiful harmony.
The group got it's name from the map of Middle Earth in Lord of the Rings. On the map, ByWater is just north of Too Far Downs.