☼ ☼ ☼ Brown Bird | Nelson Town Hall

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents  Brown Bird on Sunday, July 3, at the Nelson Town Hall at 7:00 PM. Admission is $12/$9(senior, youth).

Brown Bird has a tendency towards the dark side. Pulling from the influences of the blues, outlaw country, roots rock, early American folk, Gypsy and Eastern European music, Brown Bird offers harmonized voices, haunting lyrics and diverse rhythm and instrumentation, which surges in waves that often swell into high-spirited, foot-stomping madness.

Brown Bird began in 2003, while singer/songwriter David Lamb (guitar, banjo, percussion, vocals) was living in Seattle. Lamb has since toured across the country, experiencing life changes and musical revelations, and come to settle in Rhode Island with his partner MorganEve Swain. (vocals, fiddle, cello, upright bass).

Brown Bird’s journey is illustrated by four released albums, two of them featuring banjo, accordion, cello and vocals by Jeremy and Jerusha Robinson (South China) as Brown Bird’s main members. The third was released as a solo album, and the latest, The Devil Dancing (Peapod Recordings, 2009) features Brown Bird’s three original members, while adding MorganEve Swain, Mike Samos (lap steel, dobro) and Micah Blue Smaldone (bass) to create a full, orchestral sound.

Since the 2009 release of their fourth album, The Devil Dancing, Brown Bird has toured extensively in the US, and supported The Low Anthem on tour across Europe. The duo is currently working on their fifth full-length to be released this fall, but first they will release their brand new EP, The Sound Of Ghosts. The EP is currently available for streaming or purchase directly from the band at http://brownbird.bandcamp.com , in both digital format and on a hand silkscreened CD, limited to 500 copies. The EP will be released digitally and in stores on May 10th through Supply & Demand Music.

In addition to touring both coasts this spring and summer in support of The Sound Of Ghosts, Brown Bird recently performed at the Virada Cultural in Sao Paulo, Brazil  and has also been invited to perform at the renowned Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island on July 31st, sharing the bill with the likes of Elvis Costello, EmmyLou Harris, M. Ward, Wanda Jackson, Mavis Staples and many others.