Acoustic folk-grass trio The Stray Birds offer up an accomplished debut album featuring home grown material and straight-up playing. Band members Maya de Vitry (fiddle, banjo, guitar, vocals), Oliver Craven (fiddle, guitars, vocals) and Charles Muench (bass, vocals) were all raised a few miles in rural Lancaster County, PA sharing a love of music and a dedication to the American folk tradition, The Stray Birds blend their voices into some sweet three-part harmonies and carry them aloft with their classy arrangements and having watched several live performances on-line it’s obvious they have the musical chops in spades, there’s talk of a tour over this side of the pond some time soon and they are certainly one to watch out for.
You can listen and download a series of live tracks from the bands Key Studio Session and watch them in action below.
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The prolific Lovell sisters Rebecca and Megan are back with another release, with five EPs and a live DVD in under three years for their latest album they’ve joined forces with multiple Norwegian ‘Spellemann’ (Grammy) winner Thom Hell, a chance meeting when Thom was at one of the sisters gigs was followed by visits to the studio and a culminated in the creation of this collection of ten new songs, recorded in two visits over two years at Ocean Sound Recordings studio in Giske, Norway.
Larkin Poe will be touring Europe in support of the new release (with special guest Blair Dunlop in the UK)
APR 2 All Saints Centre, Lewes,East Sussex APR 3 Kent Live! @ Tonbridge Campus Theatre, Tonbridge, Kent, APR 4 David Hall, Somerset, APR 5 Kings Place Music Foundation,London, APR 6 Cornerstone Arts Centre,Oxfordshire APR 7 Horizon Theatre Barnsley APR 12 Jazz à . . . → Read More: Larkin Poe & Thom Hell – The Sound Of The Ocean Sound
Austin will be welcoming artists from all over the globe to the annual SXSW gathering, I’m not sure if these guys are playing the music-fest but they are a local based bluegrass band that have all of the musical chops to grace any stage there. The band were formed back in 2010, originally as a 2010 between guitarist Tony Kamel and mandolin player Matt Slusher before expanding to a four piece with banjo picker Trevor Smith and bass player Dom Fisher bringing their talents to the band. Their sound is faithful to it’s roots with contemporary influences to light up the music as they propel themselves through fourteen track album with a musical aplomb, it’s a pretty slick recording but the production’s sympathetic and the three-part harmonies are true delivering an album that’s a joy to listen to from the kick-ass banjo opener Mexico to the closing coda.
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