The Haunted Windchimes
2020 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA, 94704
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
The Haunted Windchimes
Since The Haunted Windchimes formed in 2006, their sound — drawing from traditional folk and American roots — has attracted fans of every age, in the mountain West and beyond.
The songs have a vintage quality, as if they might have been written yesterday or 75 years ago. Grounded in honeyed harmonies and spirited pickin', it lies in a nowhere land between distinct styles: It's not quite bluegrass or blues or country. Still, there are elements of all those in songs that paint pictures of empty train stations and nights of passing a jug of moonshine around. It's the vocal harmonies that really set them apart, a three-headed juggernaut of Desirae Garcia (ukulele), Chela Lujan (banjo) and Inaiah Lujan (guitar). "When their voices blend, it is nothing short of beautiful," writes Bill Reed of The Colorado Springs Gazette. The sound is often moody and melancholy, but it is always deeply affecting. That sound is embroidered by the instrumental mastery of Mike Clark (harmonica, guitar and mandolin) and the standup bass foundation of Sean Fanning.
On the group's 2006 debut EP "Verse/Visa", The Haunted Windchimes presented what Denver Post journalist, Eryc Eyl, called "a beautiful chamber pop sound." However, with 2010's "Honey Moonshine," the band "perfected an old-timey hoedown sound, executed with passion and precision." Last May, the band released "Live at the Western Jubilee," a celebration of its career so far. Recorded in December 2010 at the Western Jubilee Warehouse, a legendary Colorado Springs venue, the record's 13 tracks capture the five musicians in peak form in front of an appreciative audience.
"Popular among the grey hairs, green hairs, purple hairs and all over."
- Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion
"They recreate the vibe of rural 1930s music with a contemporary consciousness. The rustic, honeyed harmonies are a delight."
- Bruce Sylvester, Sing Out! Magazine
"Traditional, old-timey backwoods, backporch music that burrowed its way into your head and then refused to budge."
- The Mad Mackerel (UK Music Blog)
"The group's best material takes those old-timey elements and tempers them with with a hint of pop to produce something special"
- A.V. Club