The Stray Birds, Evie Ladin Band

New Roots at the Freight & Salvage

The Stray Birds

Evie Ladin Band

Thursday, May 19th

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$18 adv / $20 door

The Stray Birds
The Stray Birds
Formed in friendship and honed on the road, The Stray Birds' sound is spun with a stirring subtlety and grace. With wood, strings, and three voices raised in harmony, their performances bow to the richness of American folk music traditions—and speak to an uncompromising reverence for songs. The trio's full-length debut, "The Stray Birds", was named one of the Top 10 Americana/Folk Releases of 2012 by NPR. The band was widely regarded as one of the outstanding highlights at this year's International Folk Alliance event in Toronto.

The Stray Birds were raised within a few miles of farmland from each other in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven first shared a song in January 2010 when a snowy Pennsylvania winter welcomed collaboration between the two creative flames. Grounded in the unshakeable groove of bassist Charles Muench, the trio landed their signature sound.

Co-produced by The Stray Birds and Stuart Martin, THE STRAY BIRDS was recorded at Stonebridge Studios in the hills of Virginia, where the midnight crickets and frogs have the last word. The arrangements breathe with the subtlety and nuance that introduced their sound on the BORDERLAND EP (2010), but with a new and rich exuberance. Ringing in on clawhammer banjo, bass, and fiddle— with an homage to Ralph Stanley, twin fiddles, and a Telecaster all tucked into the heart of the album—The Stray Birds have both refined and widened their sound on this wholly original debut full-length album.
Evie Ladin Band
Evie Ladin Band
Barreling full-steam out of trad Old-Time into the urban environs of Oakland, CA, with side trips into a global percussive dance scene, EVIE LADIN brings deep roots to collaboration with the BAND. Tenacious, innovative string musicians/dancers with a quirky neo-trad soul, the ELB throws down a new folk music with an unusually creative and surprising live show.

The polyrhythmic heat and funk of Evie Ladin's clawhammer banjo, resonant voice, real stories and rhythmic dance have been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Known as a driving force behind San Francisco's Stairwell Sisters, Evie's solo debut Float Downstream (2010) was produced by famed mandolinist/composer Mike Marshall and percussionist Keith Terry. Sing Out! magazine reports "Solid song craft performed wonderfully end to end." The new Evie Ladin Band CD will be released April 24, 2012.

Keith Terry (bass, Body Music, vocals) is a renowned percussionist/rhythm dancer, and the founder of the International Body Music Festival. Body, bells, box, toys, Keith approaches bass as tonal percussion, and adds delightfully unusual elements to the show.

Dina Maccabee (fiddle, vocals) combines mastery on violin with voice, body percussion and wacky ideas that work beautifully in Real Vocal String Quartet, Ramon & Jessica and many more.

Erik Pearson (guitar, banjo, vocals) is a musician's musician with the Crooked Jades, storyteller Diane Ferlatte, and his solo projects. His original banjo tune Fork & File was the soundtrack for a rapids rafting scene in Sean Penn's movie Into the Wild.