The Co-Conspirators is a Hemmingford, QC based duo playing folk/singer-songwriter music with elements of country, rock, blues, gospel, bluegrass, spiritual, and general roots music. With heavy emphasis on vocal harmonies, this duo had been compared to The Weavers, Ian and Sylvia Tyson and Richard and Linda Thompson. They perform mostly original music along with some traditional and contemporary covers.
Founded in 2012 by singer/songwriter/guitarist Will Richards, The Co-Conspirators really took off when Richards met Katherine Simons and they began performing together. Simons comes from a very musical family and is a classically trained french horn player and percussionist. Her pure, angelic voice stands in contrast to the more raw style of Richards'.
Mostly performing as a duo, they do occasionally add various instruments available to them such as bass, drums, percussion, flute, clarinet, lead guitar, violin, cello, harmonica, banjo, auto harp, and vibraphone.
At the end of April 2019, they released their first full length recording: Shadowing the Organ Tuner (with full band accompaniment), and have been touring across Canada ever since; performing 100s of shows in all provinces.
The Co-Conspirators toured almost non-stop until March of 2020 but have since - like all musicians - been on a greatly reduced schedule.
On January 5th 2022 they released their second full length album, The Unreliable Narrators.
They continue to tour extensively.
Nice Things the Press Say About Us.
“Whether about social injustice, tales of travel, or love lost or found, The Co-Conspirators’ original songs always bring life and light to a room.”
“Training a modern-day lens on folk’s deeply rooted tradition of storytelling through songs that orbit around hardscrabble characters, troubled lives, social injustices, personal struggle, and more.”
“The Co-Conspirators deliver their poignant and riveting new album, The Unreliable Narrators”
“Audiences will certainly attest that there is nothing unreliable about The Co-Conspirators’ abilities to bring out the best in each other as singer-songwriters, musicians and entertainers”
“The Co-Conspirators, deliver a masterful mix of folk fact and fiction, with The Unreliable Narrators”
“In keeping with how the best and most enduring folk songs oblige audiences to take a closer look at history, society, and ourselves.”
“"One of my favourite albums of 2022 (The Unreliable Narrators) came from The Co-Conspirators. The CD in-hand was amazing and the booklet was absolutely perfect." ”
— Guido Piraino, The Path Radio
“"(They)... sound like they have been sing together their whole lives."” - Valdy