The Stray Birds Play Kenmore Inn Tonight
Old-time Americana songs and vocals will stop you in your boots. Tickets are $10.
The Stray Birds stilled the room the last time they performed the Kenmore Inn with guest performer and Fredericksburg favorite Jay Starling. Attendees were in awe of this Old Time Americana trio’s heart-breaking harmonies and instrumentation.
The Stray Birds return to Kenmore Inn tonight with Jay Starling. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.
The band first got together in 2010 in Lancaster County, Pa., but just started pursuing the road full time at the beginning of this year. The three founders, Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven, and Charles Muench, all sing and perform with multiple instruments, including guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and double bass, creating a dynamic sound and intriguing performance.
After talking to Craven, it seems their new album "The Stray Birds" may very well be available tonight. You can also pick up their first EP, "Borderland" with five originals written by Craven and de Vitry, and two traditional tunes made very much their own with their unique harmonies and tones.
Craven, de Vitry, and Muench all grew up in musical families and are classically trained musicians. de Vitry started on piano before playing violin like her father and studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Muench has his degree in music education, and Craven has written songs and performed in more than 40 states and four countries. de Vitry has a voice that will stop your heart, buckle your feet, and bring you to your knees. Craven and Muench wrap around her sound delicately when she leads. de Vitry also has competed in songwriting competitions and placed in the Telluride Troubador Competition and the BMI/John Lennon Scholarship Awards.
But, musical influences and inspirations are always different from musician to musician.
“I listen to a lot that’s unlike what I play,” said Craven in a phone interview. “I’ve been listening to a lot of Tupac lately."
The Stray Birds are particularly excited about their new album, which features all new original music.
“It’s been a lot of hard work. We are really happy with how it turned out. It sounds really good,” Craven said. “It is rejuvenating for the group—keeps the music fresh and good.”
Don’t miss this Lancaster County trio at The Kenmore Inn tonight starting at 7:30 p.m. Pick up a copy of The Stray Birds self titled and undoubtedly amazing new album tonight or order it online.