Brown Bird

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Brown Bird
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MorganEve Swain and David Lamb.
Background information
Origin Portland, Maine
Providence, Rhode Island
Genres Folk, Americana
Years active 2003–2014
Labels Peapod Recordings
Website http://www.brownbird.net
Past members David Lamb†
MorganEve Swain
Jerusha Robinson
Jeremy Robinson
Mike Samos

Brown Bird was a band from Warren, Rhode Island, formed in 2003 as a solo project by David Lamb.

History[edit]

Lamb formed Brown Bird in 2003 in Seattle, Washington but moved soon thereafter[1] to Portland.[2] The line-up soon included Jerusha Robinson on cello and her husband Jeremy Robinson on multiple instruments.[2] The Robinsons left the group in 2009, leaving Lamb, MorganEve Swain on fiddle,[3] and Mike Samos on lap steel guitar and dobro[3] in the line-up.[4]

In 2010,[1] with the departure of Samos, the band had become a duo.[4]

Brown Bird played the Newport Folk Festival for the first time in 2011[4] and were then currently based in Providence, Rhode Island.[1] They have toured with The Devil Makes Three.[5]

Brown Bird went on hiatus in early 2013 after David Lamb was diagnosed with leukemia.[6] Lamb died from the disease on April 5, 2014.[7]

Musical style[edit]

Brown Bird is influenced by American folk music, Gypsy music,[3] and Bluegrass.[1] According to Aimsel Ponti of the Portland Press Herald "[t]heir sound is one that lives on the darker side of American folk, ensconced in Eastern European roots music."[8]

Works[edit]

  • tautology (2007)
  • such unrest (Spring 2007)[9]
  • Bottom of the Sea (2008)
  • The Devil Dancing (2009)[4]
  • The Sound of Ghosts (EP, March 2011)[10]
  • Salt for Salt (October 2011)[4]
  • Fits of Reason (April 2013)
  • The Teeth of Sea and Beasts - The Poetry of Brown Bird (Book, April 2014)
  • The Brown Bird Christmas Album (November 2014)
  • Axis Mundi (April 2015)[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Interview with Providence-based multi-instrumental duo Brown Bird". Providence Examiner. October 26, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Stephanie Bouchard (January 17, 2008). "10 Maine bands to watch". Portland Press Herald. p. D10. 
  3. ^ a b c Chip Chandler (November 22, 2011). "As a duo, Brown Bird loves touring together". Amarillo Globe-News. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Brian Bake (December 15, 2011). "How Now Brown Bird - Brown Bird now light as a feather as duo". New Haven Advocate. p. A37. 
  5. ^ Angela Sutfin (September 16, 2011). "Foot-Stomping Good Time A Promise From Rising Duo Brown Bird". The Evening Tribune (Hornell, NY). 
  6. ^ "A Friend in Need - Local and regional acts come together to help one of their own". New Haven Advocate. August 8, 2013. p. A21. 
  7. ^ "David Lamb of folk duo Brown Bird dies of leukemia". Providence Journal. April 6, 2014. Retrieved April 6, 2014. 
  8. ^ Aimsel Ponti (September 22, 2011). "Humans, Space, Nirvana: the best of all worlds". Portland Press Herald. p. E6. 
  9. ^ "Cheap Thrills - Brown Bird touches down for a Biddeford show". Portland Press Herald. December 20, 2007. p. D14. 
  10. ^ "Brown Bird EP Release Party. May 19 at The Met". Providence Examiner. May 17, 2011. 
  11. ^ Fahey, Linda. "First Listen: Brown Bird, 'Axis Mundi'". npr.org. NPR. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 

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