Posted by Christina Jedra April 5, 2013 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by the me & thee:
On Friday, April 26, the me&thee hosts a double-bill featuring The Stray Birds and Three Tall Pines, The Stray Birds are best described as a super-talented acoustic trio whose virtuosity doesn’t get in the way of their soul. Their music consists of rich vocal harmonies, tight acoustic arrangements, heart-wrenching songs. Don’t be fooled by the name. Three Tall Pines is an award winning quartet – playing bluegrass and Americana from the heart of New England. Doors open at 7:30 PM for this 8:00 PM show at the me&thee coffeehouse which is located at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead at 28 Mugford Street.
Hailing from southeastern Pennsylvania, The Stray Birds have crafted an original sound that draws upon the richness of American folk music traditions. Talented multi-instrumentalists who perform with captivating musicality, the signature power of their sound lies in outstanding songwriting that soars in three-part harmony. Maya de Vitry grew up with one foot firmly planted in old-time music festival dirt and the other on stage with symphony orchestras. She has traveled across North America and Europe as a street musician, and now brings a fiddle, a banjo, a guitar, a compelling voice, and award-winning songwriting to The Stray Birds. Also a classically-trained violinist, Oliver Craven has spent the past four years lending his talents on the fiddle, mandolin, and guitar to stages across North America in various acoustic outfits. The Stray Birds feature Craven’s arresting original songs and vocals. A classically-trained bassist who now artfully dances between a myriad of styles, Charles Joseph Muench brings his unshakeable groove and powerful vocals to The Stray Birds. He can also be found playing the banjo at breakfast. The Stray Birds were named WUMB's New Act of the Year.
Three Tall Pines consists of Joe Lurgio, Dan Bourdeau, Nick DiSebastian and Conor Smith.
Joe Lurgio was born and raised in the Providence, Rhode Island area where he was bitten young by the music bug. As a child he was influenced heavily by a musical household and family. Under the wing of Joanne Lurgio, his mother an award winning songwriter, and Don Lurgio, his bluegrass picking uncle, Joe built a solid base for a musical future rooted in both songwriting, harmonies and instrumental ability. Joe expanded upon his musical roots spending time playing music in Vermont before settling in the Boston area. Dan Bourdeau was born and raised in Taunton, Massachusetts, and began playing guitar and writing songs at the age of 15. Attending college in Amherst, Massachusetts, Dan spent much of his free time playing guitar and songwriting. Dan’s songwriting captures the feeling of early American culture and engages listeners of all ages to think back to when life wasn’t so cluttered. Nick DiSebastian is a multi-instrumentalist currently residing in Boston, MA. Stylistically he is rooted in bluegrass and country music but has an affection for jazz, Motown, rock, and Latin styles. A graduate of James Madison University, Conor Smith began his music career playing piano and violin at the age of four. His classical violin training with the Suzuki Method started at age six through middle school. During his teens he was mentored and taught by Holly Hamilton from the National Symphony Orchestra. At age 15, he learned Celtic Irish Fiddle music while living in Ireland. A violin performance music major in college, he learned music theory and experienced both private and chamber music lessons. He was also mentored and performed with the late cellist Oliver Edel in a chamber ensemble at the Levine School of Music. Conor also plays the guitar and mandolin. Conor lives with his wife and two children in Quincy MA where he teaches violin, mandolin, and guitar.
Tickets for the performance by The Stray Birds and Three Tall Pines are $17 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets are available online at www.meanthee.org and can be purchased in person in Marblehead at either the Spirit of ’76 Bookstore or the Arnould Gallery As at all me & thee coffeehouse events, refreshments are available, including homemade pastries, coffee, and teas. The me & thee has a handicapped-accessible entrance and an accessible bathroom, is a smoke-free environment, and is easily reached by MBTA bus. The me & thee is the oldest continually running acoustic coffeehouse in New England, and probably the country. The me & thee has been and will always be a volunteer, non-profit organization sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead. For information and directions, call 781-631-8987 or check the website www.meandthee.org.