The once five-piece band turned duo Brown Bird hasn’t exactly stumbled upon anything new, but it certainly feels fresh. The Rhode Island-based band, which is now made up of only Morganeve Swain and David Lamb, still re-creates the full sound often only achieved by a band of their former size. While Swain alternates between fiddle and newly learned cello and upright bass, Lamb keeps the beat with a tambourine and wood block connected to foot peddles and a wood-rimmed bass drum, all while playing guitar and sometimes banjo. Their sound is filled out with their voices, particularly Swain’s often haunting harmonies.
Don’t let the banjo fool you — this is neither Bluegrass nor your mama’s Folk.
Brown Bird plays 20th Century Theater Thursday with The Devil Makes Three. Go here to read Deirdre Kaye's full Sound Advice.