Lancaster folk trio The Stray Birds released their debut self-titled album this past summer, an album that has received praise and made NPR’s “Top 10 Folk & Americana Albums of 2012” list. While the band hasn’t achieved quite the same amount of success as the other new band on that list (some group called The Lumineers), they have made quite a name for themselves in the folk world. They played at World Cafe Live on Thursday night to a sold out crowd and delivered a wonderful 16-song setlist with enthusiasm and candor.
Welcomed by WXPN and an enthusiastic and attentive crowd, Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven, and Charles Muench took the stage around one microphone and harmonized their way through a night of blissful folk (with a touch of bluegrass). Muench provided the backbone for each song with his burly upright bass while de Vitry and Craven traded the lead spot behind the mic. The three harmonize beautifully, but unlike some of their contemporaries in the current folk scene, it’s not their only selling point. Craven and de Vitry are talented fiddlers as well, highlighted by a few instrumentals that earned some “woo”‘s from the crowd, and they know how to foster a joyful live experience.
Check out a few photos from the show below, along with the setlist.
The Stray Birds @ World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA – January 31, 2013
01 Birds of the Borderland
02 Come Sunday
03 Heavy Hands
04 25 to Life
05 Instrumental Fiddle Song
06 Dream in Blue
07 Wildflower Honey
08 Loretta (Townes Van Zandt cover)
11 No Part of Nothin’
12 Black Hills
13 My Horses Ain’t Hungry
14 My Brother’s Hill
15 Give That Wildman a Knife/Bellows Falls/Waitin’ On a Hannah
16 Wind and Rain