THE STRAY BIRDS RETURN TO BELFAST FOR AUGUST GIG
On Saturday 22nd August The Black Box will play host once again for a night of folk bluegrass; with fiddle, guitar, upright bass, and sweet tight harmonies
The Pennsylvanian three-piece are one of the hottest bands on the US roots music circuit, since taking America by storm in 2013. Two years on then they have gone on to win a huge fanbase, following triumphant appearances at major festivals around the world including Celtic Connections, Cambridge Folk Festival, MerleFest and Tonder.
Lauded by fans and citics, The Stray Birds can be found on many ‘End of Year’ round-ups, ‘Albums of the Year’ and ‘Not to Miss’ lists. It’s their live performances however where they really come into their own. All three members sing lead, with Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven both playing fiddle and guitar, and Charles Muench on upright bass. Their harmonies and interplay are bewildering, creating a sound drawn from the richness of American folk music traditions, spun with a stirring subtlety and grace.
Their latest album ‘Best Medicine’ has been winning even more praise with the likes of Bob Harris of Radio 2 telling them to expect “a kind of folk/bluegrass superstardom” after declaring himself a huge fan.