Archive for December, 2012

It’s Official – The Stray Birds and Odd Folk confirmed for Feb. 10 house concert

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Both bands playing our Feb. 10 Songs:Illinois Presents House concert fit the “strike-while-the-irons-hot” bill. The headliner, the Pennsylvania based trio The Stray Birds, has been called the one of the finest young bands on the folk circuit and just yesterday NPR named their debut record one of the 10 best folk releases of the year. I’ve written about both the band’s debut ep and the new record. On both releases I was struck by both the band’s musicianship and their original songs. This trio consists of fiddle player/vocalist Maya De Vitry, multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Oliver Craven and standup bass player Charles Muench. Between the three they have either studied at some of the best institutions (Berklee College of Music) or played with some of the best artists (including The Steel Wheels and Grammy nominated Adrienne Young).

I think we’re pretty lucky to get these guys – I suspect in a year or two they’ll be too big for these living room shows. So RSVP now for this Feb. 10 house concert by simply emailing me and let me know if you can make it and how many you’ll be. We’ll open the doors at 7pm and hopefully have music going by 7:30. As always there will be some appetizers and desserts and plenty of beer and wine. Suggested donation will be $20. We’re located at 629 Belleforte in Oak Park. As always feel free to email this to friends and neighbors if you think they would enjoy it.

Check out the video of The Stray Birds performing their songs “Birds of the Borderland” and “Railroad Man”

And here’s two Mp3′s from the band:

Sparrow [Download]

Heavy Hands [Download]


Our opener, Odd Folk, has just started to make a name for themselves in Chicago since forming in the Spring of 2012. This collection of mostly Columbia College students “blends styles and instrumentation creating a sound that seems familiar, but is still something you can’t pigeonhole into one genre.” They have already been favorably compared to the Avett Brothers and Mumford and Sons and they name Frontier Ruckus as one of their favorite bands – they opened for them recently. Depending on the night they could have between 4-6 performers with instruments like banjo, guitar, mandolin and upright bass. In a bit of serendipity the band contacted me about reviewing their debut record on the same day I was looking for someone to open up this show. I think they are going to be a perfect fit and a great compliment to The Stray Birds.

Check out the video of them performing their song “Until You Call”

And here’s an Mp3 from their debut:

Die Young [Download]