Musician. Composer. Accordionist.
In 2014, Miles joined the Fighting Jamesons and is featured on the recording of their second full-legnth album, "Every Day Above Ground". Touring all over the United States, he has appeared with the Jamesons at many Irish & Rock festivals; ranging from multiple appearances at both Shamrockfest at RFK Stadium in Washington DC, Indy Irish Fest in Indianapolis, to even as far as Get Shamrocked Fest in Murietta, California. During his time with the Fighting Jamesons, they've shared the stage and opened for World Inferno Friendship Society, Lucero, Eileen Ivers, & the Dropkick Murphys!
When not playing with both groups, Miles does a variety of other types of performances: from private parties, Oktoberfest events, weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, dinners & cocktail hours, funerals, suprises-at-the-door, & much more! Rather it's playing a rowdy Irish-Rock festival or a cocktail-hour for a wedding reception-- Miles's accordion performance can adapt to any atmosphere.
Miles Hoyle is an accordionist with over 13 years of experience & specializes in folk & world music.
He performs in two bands: the Irish-rock outfit the Fighting Jamesons & in the folk/world-music group Mosquito Cabaret.
His repertoire draws from various styles and countries ranging from German, Irish, Scandinavian, French, Klezmer, & more!
Previously a guitarist in rock groups, Miles made a musical transformation in late 2006 when switching his primary instrument from guitar to the accordion. Initially self-taught, he then later became an apprentice of accordionist Sid Sward and a member of VALOV (Accordion Lovers of Virginia).
He then further cut his teeth with the instrument while street performing all over the state of Virginia-- particularly in Norfolk, Charlottesville, Williamsburg, & Alexandria while also picking up gigs at weddings, cafes, and parties.
Hoyle also performs in Mosquito Cabaret-- a folk/world music sextet formed in the late summer of 2017 that derives their signature sound from various European folk traditions. The cabaret performs heavily in the Hampton Roads area: bars, art events, museums-- as well as appearing at festivals such as the nor-FOLK Fest, the Hampton Block Party, Stockley Gardens Art Fest, & NEON Fest + also appearing at venues such as Elevation 27, Shaka's, The Bunker, & The Norva. Recently, the group has stretched their wingspan outside of their hometown at the Richmond Capital Alehouse, the Crow & Quill in Asheville, North Carolina, & the Key City Steampunk Fest in Frederick, Maryland. Mosquito Cabaret have shared the stage with the Atom Age, Maid of Ace, Agents of Good Roots, the Toasters, Agent Orange, & Bella's Bartok. You can hear Miles's accordion playing in this project on their debut album, "The Modern Life of Insects".
Previously, Miles has done special guest-performances with Carbon Leaf & the Hackensaw Boys. He also has been a guest-performer with the Lazy Dangers, and guest-recorded for their original song, "One More Night" on their Lost Dogs EP.
Currently, he is performing regularly with both groups mentioned above: the Fighting Jamesons are working on writing and recording their third full-length album + Mosquito Cabaret is also performing often and entering the early stages of a second record. With solo performances sprinkled in between gigs with both groups-- Miles has also teamed up with vibraphonist/marimbist John Ehlers writing film-score compositions. His solo material is tentatively scheduled to be recorded in late 2020 and released in late 2021.
Most recently, as a result of all concerts and major public gatherings having to be cancelled due to COVID-19-- Miles has been providing an Accordion-At-Your-Door service in the Hampton Roads area (and sometimes further!) that is both safe and COVID-19 compliant!
Miles has been doing small private performances for an affordable fee and showing up as a surprise to play for people at their door for whatever the occasion (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.) while wearing a mask and staying at least 6 feet away or more while spreading some musical joy during these strange & difficult times!
You can learn more about the various services/events Miles provides by clicking the services tab above & also see the two local news appearances he's had about his accordion-at-your-door service by clicking the videos tab.