The Stray Birds

The Stray Birds

Apr 25, 2015 |  0 comments
Date: Apr 25, 2015 Time: 8:00 PM Price: $10 in advance, $15 day of show Type: old time/folk

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The Stray Birds—Maya de Vitry (vocals, guitar, banjo, fiddle), Oliver Craven (vocals, guitar, resonator, fiddle), and Charles Muench (vocals, bass)—whose “playing is gorgeous, the harmonies exquisite” (WXPN The Key) will make their Yep Roc Records label debut October 21 with the release of their second full-length studio album, Best Medicine. Following the band’s 2012 highly praised self-titled release, which NPR Music named Top 10 Folk/Americana album and proclaimed, “clearly these are players with chops, songwriters with a fierce command of their craft,” Best Medicine was recorded at Stonebridge Studios in Leesburg, VA. Co-produced by the band and Stuart Martin, the album features 12 tracks, including 10 original compositions and two traditional songs, “Pallet” and “Who’s Gonna Shoe.”  Formed in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2010, the classically trained and roots music-raised trio has spent the last several years honing their sound and touring extensively, including live performances on NPR’s Mountain Stage, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival and Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. “Building on the sparseness of guitar, fiddle, bass, and three-part harmonies, The Stray Birds manage to create sounds together that are no less than transcendent.”  (About.com). The Borderland EP was released in 2010, followed by the eponymous full-length debut The Stray Birds in 2012 and the Echo Sessions EP in 2013.

Drawing upon the richness of American folk music traditions, the signature power of The Stray Birds sound lies in outstanding songwriting that soars in three-part harmony. Raised on music within a few miles of farmland from each other, The Stray Birds were born of a compelling collaboration between two unique writers and vocalists– the pure, luxurious voice of Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven’s richness of tone and depth of delivery. Grounding their sound in the unshakeable groove of bassist Charles Muench, The Stray Birds are a trio of captivating chemistry and sensitive musicality. From bustling street corners to silent halls, their performances speak to an uncompromising reverence for songs. With miles of music already behind them, Maya and Oliver first shared a song in January 2010, in their hometown of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Maya had just returned from Europe, where she’d been traveling by bike and train, making her way as a fiddling street performer. Oliver had been criss-crossing North America for two years as a harmony vocalist, fiddler, and guitarist for the Grammy-nominated Americana artist Adrienne Young. His repertoire of original songs had been deepening along the way. A snowy Pennsylvania winter welcomed collaboration between two such wanderers— and inspired the collection of seven songs found on the Borderland EP. With their good friend Charles laying down the bass lines, The Stray Birds landed their sound. Their love of travel, however, has hardly waned. An ambitious touring schedule reflects their embrace of the experience of live music. “Music exists in a time and place, not just in a digital format,” says Charles. Reveling in the energy of each room, a connection to the audience is the essence of their show. Often singing into a single microphone, their sound is a raw resonance of wood and strings beneath three joyfully blended voices.

visit their website: http://thestraybirds.com

 

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