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. From bustling street corners to silent halls, their performances speak to an uncompromising reverence for songs. Raised within a few miles of farmland from each other in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, their flight began with friendship. With miles of music already behind them, Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven first shared a song in January 2010. A snowy Pennsylvania winter welcomed collaboration between the two creative flames - and grounded in the unshakeable groove of bassist Charles Muench, the trio landed their signature sound, and inspired what would become their first album, The Stray Birds. An ambitious touring schedule reflects their embrace of the experience of live music. "Music exists in a time and place, not just in a digital format," says Charles. Reveling in the energy of each room, a connection to the audience is the essence of their show.
"The writing is stellar, the musical discipline undoubtedly galvanized by a great love for this music….that captures the pure essence of down-home country….carried off with a quiet unassuming authority". --Maverick
"There's nothing showy about this debut-just a confidendce rooted in the songs and the folk traditions that underpin them. It's a real treat." --R2 Magazine
"Is it too soon to be talking about album of the year? Well the stunning self-titled debut from The Stray Birds is certain to appear on my list....The varied and adeptly written songs are performed in delicious acoustic arrangements.." --Country Music People