Tough Old Bird
Darren Garvey, Perry West
3131 Walnut St.
Denver, CO, 80205
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Tough Old Bird
"Full and rich...the homespun folk of Tough Old Bird has a dark quality to it, while ultimately serving as a testament to the Corrigan brothers’ synthesis of their surroundings. With these songs, they’ve captured the essence of familiar backroads meandering." - Buffablog
"A musician’s work can sometimes sound like an extension of his surroundings. As for Tough Old Bird’s Matthew and Nathan Corrigan... every acoustic guitar chord or Corrigan vocal evokes a mood, one you could feel floating over the expanses and history of their host Allegany County." -Michael Farrell, The Buffalo News
Formed in the small community of Fillmore, New York by songwriting brothers Matthew and Nathan Corrigan, Tough Old Bird plays modern folk music that reflects the landscape it comes from, a place where the last train just pulled out and the carnival is always on its way to the next town.
Since its formation in 2013, Tough Old Bird has taken its music to bars, festivals, coffee shops, music clubs and radio stations all over the Eastern United States. Tough Old Bird's new EP "Where The Great Beasts Are Buried," is a new collection of 6 sparse home recordings done between June and December 2016.
The core of Tough Old Bird’s sound comes from Matthew Corrigan’s intricate acoustic guitar work, and from the voice and nimble harmonica playing of Nathan Corrigan, who holds a degree in literature and brings a poetic sensibility to the duo’s lyrics. Accents of accordion and waves of electric guitar give Tough Old Bird a sound that is at once modern and ancient.
Darren Garvey is a multi-instrumentalist and member of Elephant Revival. He released his debut solo record Under A Common Ceiling in 2010 and has collaborated with Cameron McGill & What Army, Andreas Kapsalis Trio, Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts, Canyon Spells (formerly Daniel and the Lion), Cory Chisel and The Wandering Sons, and Sandra Bernhard among others.
I'm a musician, living in Denver, and playing indie-folk. I focus strongly on my lyrics, and have loved poetry as long as I can remember. As a kid I remember the pains and joyous aches of beauty: walks with my dad in Southern Californian river beds tangled in the cool and heat, nights in San Francisco with my family cramped in apartments while traffic hummed us to sleep, and the hills which I explored behind my house bare foot, dirty, and wide eyed.
As a child I struggled with sitting still, but moments in life, people and nature, were something that stopped me in awe, and beauty was the pain I felt because I wanted to experience it more than I could. I can't say I remember a specific memory when I knew beauty was something which was to move me for the rest of my life. However, when my family traveled back east for a vacation, and the trees were ablaze in their fall glory, I realized how much I wanted to participate in the beauty. Driving though the winding roads, weaving themselves among the brick country homes rising out of the fiery leaves which sat like a bed of coals on the front yards, I knew I would try my best to communicate, in writing, how the leaves left me broken with a promise of some sort of fulfillment.
Maybe all the first snow falls, late night conversations
boiled in whiskey, mountains slumbering in magnitude, my mother's laughter, were all things I wanted to participate in more than I could, and this was the only way I know how. My dad is an artist. Ever since I was young he painted and sculpted tinkering away in his studio. I grew up under the study of a man who saw the world through beauty, and, like passing a torch, I was handed the rose colored glasses viewing the world with ache and wonder, but my medium was lyrics and music.
$10.00 - $15.00