The Cedar Presents
THE RAGBIRDS with Fellow Pynins
Thursday April 4th, 2019 / Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 7:30 PM
$15 Advance / $18 Day of Show
This is a seated show. General Admission tickets are available online, by phone, Electric Fetus, and The Cedar during shows.
For years, "home" was a place The Ragbirds rarely visited. The band's music — a genre-bending hybrid of indie-pop melodies, global rhythms and songwriting styles influenced from all over the world — was as broad as their audience, which stretched from the group's hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan, to the shores of Osaka, Japan (where they scored a Number One pop hot with the song "Book of Matches"). Show by show, in venues ranging from rock clubs and performing arts centers to festivals encompassing everything from bluegrass to electronica, The Ragbirds developed a well-deserved reputation as one of the most dynamic, high-spirited live bands in roots music.
Written and recorded in the wake of the birth of co-founders Erin Zindle and Randall Moore’s first child, The Threshold & The Hearth — the band's fifth studio album, out March 25 on Rock Ridge Music — adds another dimension to the band's catalog. It's an album that explores the ways in which love and family relationships can weather the storms of life, year after year. An album that asks questions. An album that offers an answer, too: hope.
"I've been traveling with bands since I was a teenager," says Zindle, a multi-instrumentalist who doubles as the band's chief songwriter and frontwoman. "I've written a lot of songs about my experiences on the road. For a while, The Ragbirds played a lot of different styles of world music: Celtic, tango, African numbers, gypsy-sounding pieces… You could pinpoint those songs to a specific region, so the music itself felt like a tour around the world. But we're coming home with this album. There's still a worldly feel, but there's also the sense that The Threshold & The Hearth is the sound we've been searching for. I feel like we're the alchemist who traveled so far, only to discover that what he was seeking was always at home."
With influences ranging from Paul Simon to Peter Gabriel, the band turned to Grammy-nominated producer Jamie Candiloro for his help on the album. Candiloro's influences were similarly wide-ranging, with a resume that included credits on albums by R.E.M., Willie Nelson, the Eagles and Ryan Adams. Together, the group captured the spunk and spirit of a Ragbirds show, with Zindle's new daughter serving as an inspiration.
Released three years after 2013's We Belong to the Love, a live album that shone a light on the band's punchy, positive-minded stage show, The Threshold & The Hearth is louder and livelier than anything they've done before. The guitar solos, played by Erin’s brother T.J. Zindle, point to a longtime appreciation for rock and roll. The deep-seated grooves, performed by the three-piece rhythm section of drummer Jon Brown, percussionist Moore and bassist Dan Jones, mix punch with precision. And Zindle's conceptual storyline for the album — a make-believe tale of two lovers who meet, fall in love and spend the next 20 years dealing with the joys and struggles that come with any long-term relationship — turn The Threshold & The Hearth into a universal album that appeals to anyone looking to forge a home out of the chaos of everyday life.
Fellow Pynins (pronounced PIE-nins) is a contemporary folk duo that has been dwelling deep in the mountains of Southern Oregon USA. The duo—Now based in Minneapolis— comprised of Dani Aubert and Ian Van Ornum, performed in their former years as a 7-piece folk orchestra called Patchy Sanders, Patchy sanders took them far and wide through the journey of songwriting and touring. After the folding of Patchy Sanders, the duo decided to take their love of songwriting and performing down to the bones, and used their acoustic instruments and voices to write the material for their first album, "Hunter & the Hunted." They quickly received accolades for this 2016 release from the likes of BBC, fRoots Magazine, and Country Music People. Lisa Dunn of BBC exclaimed, "Fellow Pynins will transport you into their haunting and beguiling world of love tales and spine-tingling harmonies...They will have you traveling far and wide to hear them again." Their first tour through Europe in 2016 brought them from Spain to Ireland— hitting small towns, far-reaching islands, and the greater metropolitan areas. This trip was a reconnaissance for the duo as they discovered their family history in Ireland and Scotland and began to collect the traditional songs of the people. This spark of song collecting re-inspired their love of storytelling and performing intimate, acoustic concerts and infiltrated their repertoire of original songs with a smattering of uniquely interpreted traditional songs.
Fellow Pynins' "Spellbinding" (Country Music People) music employs the sounds of the mandolin, banjo, guitar, bouzouki and their voices in harmony to tell the stories of this human existence: the hardships of farming life to the eerie edges of dreams and the gallant joys of pleasantries and love. In the words of Frank Hennessy of BBC Wales: This is "Fascinating Stuff!"