The Stray Birds
“The Stray Birds evoke an almost forgotten simplicity and joy …”
— Philadelphia City Paper
The Stray Birds have been flying high since the release of their critically acclaimed self-titled album in 2012. With spellbinding harmonies, tight acoustic arrangements, and heart-wrenching songs, NPR included it on their 10 Best Folk/Americana Albums of the Year list. Since then, they’ve soared in England, Ireland and Scotland where they drew high praise at the 2014 Celtic Connections Festival.
Fly Magazine hails them as a “super-talented acoustic trio whose virtuosity doesn’t get in the way of their soul.” The trio includes Maya de Vitry on fiddle, banjo and guitar; Oliver Craven on guitars, mandolin and fiddle; and bassist Charlie Muench. Classically trained, they all come from Lancaster, PA, where they first honed their skills on a steady diet of Carter Family and Bill Monroe classics before ingesting a more expansive diet of the Beatles and The Band.
Big on tone, this threesome switches off on multiple instruments and trades lead vocals, offering various blends of strong female and male harmonies on a flight pattern destined for greater things. The sky is the limit for the Birds, which roots music site No Depression called “a band destined for global success.” Touring with its latest album, Best Medicine, The Stray Birds are bringing their stunning harmonies and original lyrics to theaters, venues, and festivals across the country as one of the most impressive young acts on the Americana scene.