The Farewell Drifters;THU;1/30/2014;8:00 PM EST
45 Bleecker St.
New York, NY, 10012
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
The Farewell Drifters
The Farewell Drifters create harmonic roots music that draws influence from the traditions of folk, bluegrass, film scores, 60's revolutionary pop, and their young Nashville peers. They have been delighting audiences everywhere from MerleFest to intimate listening rooms with their dynamic performances, and their album "Yellow Tag Mondays" debuted at number 10 on the Billboard Bluegrass chart. Echo Boom, the band's third album, releases June 7 and displays a growing maturity both musically and thematically, as the band considers the pressures and expectations placed on their generation by the previous one, and the ramifications of some of the vague self-actualization advice passed on by the boomers to their latchkey kids. That sentiment is expressed in "Punchline," the lead track from Echo Boom. Joshua Britt (mandolin, vocals), who wrote the song, juxtaposes earnest seriousness ("I don't know what it is that fills my head with doubt/I just wanna shine the light that's trying to get out") with the idea that life for his generation often seems like some cosmic joke, and that success is akin to successfully delivering a punchline. The chorus ends with the plea to "Let me deliver, let me deliver." Many of this generation find connection through virtual community, which leads to an increasing inability to find substance in relationship. Singer and guitarist Zach Bevill says, "Facebook and Twitter and mediums like that have their place and they're fun, but it's not a place where friends can tell real truths and find real depth. You can't find true hope and encouragement there."
Emily Mure is a classically informed chamber-folk songstress. She writes introspective songs with haunting vocals reminiscent of Mazzy Star and Norah Jones.
Emily got her start in music playing the oboe. Growing up in New York City and attending LaGuardia High School of The Performing Arts, she performed in major concert halls, including Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, all before the age of 17. While majoring in Oboe Performance at Ithaca College, Emily picked up guitar and began writing songs, integrating her classical roots with her folk and Irish inspired singing and songwriting. After college, Emily moved to Ireland and began her songwriting career as a busker on the streets of Galway.
She built her performing chops in Ireland and then returned to her native home of NYC, where she is currently based.
In the last few years, Emily was an emerging artist at The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and has opened for acts including The Duhks, Kim Richey, Kris Delmhorst, and Kath Bloom. Her music has appeared on TV networks including ABC and PBS. In July of 2013, Emily released her second full-length album, Odyssey. This year, her music has appeared on NBC, and on numerous radio stations including SiriusXM’s The Loft and North Country Public Radio.
Odyssey, is described as “an album of unpretentious, straight-and-true songwriting that draws from contemporary folk, acoustic country and intimate chamber pop” (Direct Current Music) and “introspective, unorthodox, and powerful” (Adobe and Teardrops). Easy Ed (No Depression) says of Emily’s music, “There was/is something about her songs and voice that made me want to go off into a quiet place and to be sure I captured each and every note”.