Thursday March 14, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- Twilight Music presents Pennsylvania-based, acoustic folk trio The Stray Birds, plus traditional singer/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Keith Murphy at Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main St., tonight at 7:30 p.m.

When The Stray Birds take the stage, the spotlight falls on three voices raised in harmony above the raw resonance of wood and strings. It is a sound drawn from the richness of American folk music traditions, spun with a stirring subtlety and grace. Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven and Charles Muench’s performances speak to a reverence for songs and their embrace of the experience of live music.

A native of Newfoundland, Murphy’s traditional song repertoire is based in Eastern Canada and Quebec as well as his current home, Vermont. His direct and intimate style of traditional singing in English and French infuses old ballads and songs with a powerful immediacy while his rhythmic and percussive finger style of guitar playing brings new shape and color to his songs.

Murphy was a founding member of Nightingale, is a mainstay of the Boston fiddle extravaganza Childsplay and has worked extensively with Tony Barrand and fiddler Becky Tracy. He is an accomplished composer and arranger in the realm of traditional music and has also composed for theater and film.


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A multi-instrumentalist specializing in guitar, mandolin, piano and foot percussion, he is a featured performer on more than a dozen recordings and a guest musician on numerous others.

Tickets for the show are $16 general, $14 for students and seniors. For ticket reservations and information, call 802-254-9276.

For more information, visit www.thestraybirds.com, www.blackislemusic.com, www.hookerdunham.org and www.twilightmusic.org.