PasserineJun 29, 2016 | 0 comments
Passerine’s music occupies a zone somewhere between modern folk, progressive bluegrass, and what is loosely called “Ameri-cana.” With original songs as well as their own arrangements of traditional songs, Passerine carries on the living tradition of acoustic folk music rooted in popular experience, memory, and shared wisdom. They have found inspiration across a wide musical spectrum: from Woody Guthrie and Bill Monroe to Lucinda Williams and Old Crow Medicine Show; from Bob
Dylan and Neil Young to Cracker and the Black Keys, from Kate Wolf and Nanci Griffith to Amy Winehouse and Neko Case. By combining diverse musical interests with instrumentation usually associated with a traditional string band, and with vocal harmo-nies that sometimes move outside the usual structures, Passerine has created a sound with a personality that is both familiar and unique, whether the song is a sweet ballad, a foot-stomping bluegrass tune, or one of their more rocking originals.
The band was formed in 2009 by singer/songwriter Carmela Pedicini and David Brain (dobro). Pedicini had already established a substantial regional following as front person for “Radio-Free Carmela and the Transmitters.” Sara Moone (vocals, violin) combines classical training with her western Kentucky roots to achieve great versatility across musical genres from punk and psychedelic rock to Passerine’s version of Americana. Originally recruited only as a violinist in 2011, Sara has stretched her wings as a vocalist and a songwriter in her own right. Carmela, David and Sara quickly settled in as the core of the group. “Transmitter” Doug Conroy (bass, vocals) joined up in 2014, earning his Passerine wings on their 6,000 mile “Northern Loon” tour (with 23 shows in 25 days).
Passerine’s sound has continued to develop and mature as they have toured both regionally and nationally, and are now working on their 3rd full-length CD. The group released their first CD, “Another Song About a Bird,” in July, 2012. Their second, “Nest of String,” was releasted a year later in 2013. They have been featured performers at major festivals all over Florida. In 2016, Passerine will be making their 5th appearance at the Florida Folk Festival, their 4th appearance at the Will McLean Festival, and their 3rd appearance at Gamble Rogers Festival. In 2015, they were selected as headliners for the “Listening Room Festival” in St. Petersburg. . They were voted “Band of the Year” at the Deland Original Music
Festival in 2012, and took home an award for “song of the year” in
2011. In 2014, Passerine was among three bands voted “Best of Local Bands” by the readers of SRQ Magazine– a notable achieve-ment or an original folk band on a list of mostly rock bands active in the bar scene.
Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the performance
Show starts at 8:00