“The Horse Flies churn out swirling, addictive songs,
blending tradition with invention.”
— Rolling Stone
A longtime favorite of critics and fans, The Horse Flies blend Americana roots with indie rock, ethnic percussion, creative songwriting and a fierce, percolating groove. With a love of both the traditional and the modern, The Flies have consistently explored a musical world all their own. Part trance-inducing minimalism, achieved through a neo-primitive approach to fiddle music, and part folk-rock American gothic, achieved through emotive singing and haunting, original songs, The Flies’ music is recognized for its complex rhythms, rich textures, stunningly modern arrangements, boundless energy, quirkiness and skill.
They have performed throughout the US, Canada and Europe at major venues and have appeared numerous times on radio and television programs including MTV News, MTV’s Week in Rock, A Prairie Home Companion, E-Town, Mountain Stage and many more. The band has been covered in Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The New Yorker, The Chicago Tribune and Musician Magazine.
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The Horse Flies have recorded on the major MCA Records label and on the independent Rounder and Alcazar labels, often inhabiting the top 40 on the Gavin and CMJ charts. The Horse Flies’ most recent release, Until the Ocean, received rave reviews throughout the U.S. and internationally.
The Horse Flies are: Judy Hyman (fiddle, vocals), Jeff Claus (guitar, banjo uke, vocals), Richie Stearns (banjo, tenor guitar, vocals), Taki Masuko (percussion), Jay Olsa (bass) and Rick Hansen (accordion, Moog, organ).