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
"Think Rhiannon Giddens with less publicity and you will not be far wrong..a truly original sound in new old-time Americana.” - fRoots

"The best example I have seen of a Neo-Trad band's sound being authentically anchored in old time music but extending it into new and entertaining directions." - Founder, Clifftop Stringband Contest


Tenacious, innovative string musicians/dancers, Evie Ladin, Keith Terry and Erik Pearson throw down an unusually entertaining live show with three-part harmony, instrumental chops and sonic surprises. In 2019 they release two CDs, celebrating both of their musical sides: one totally trad fiddle/banjo duets, and one adventurous covers and originals. Grounded in old-time repertoire, writing clever lyrics with mature arrangements, intermingling music and dance, the performance experience is a stand-out.

The polyrhythmic heat of Evie's clawhammer banjo has been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Born and raised on Southern music, from inner city Baltimore to Oakland, she has taken home ribbons in folk song from Mt Airy, NC Fiddler’s Convention, and Neo-Trad Band from the Appalachian Stringband Festival, Clifftop, WV. “She can write, she can sing, and she pulls back from the saccharine brink with wit - a sharp intelligence,” Grant Alden, No Depression.

Evie has graced the Freight stage numerous times, with this band, the Stairwell Sisters, the International Body Music Festival, and many other projects. You can find her here many Tuesday nights when she’s not touring, leading the Clawhammer Banjo program since we opened at this site.

Keith Terry (bass, percussion, body music, vocals) is a renowned percussionist/rhythm dancer, and the founder of the International Body Music Festival. A pioneer in contemporary Body Music, Keith produces large-scale intercultural collaborations and educational outreach. Keith brings a cinematic ear to playing bass as tonal percussion, with bells, box, body and toys.

Erik Pearson (guitar, banjo, bass, 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.