Brown Bird
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Biography
Brown Bird began over five years ago as the brain child of songwriter David Lamb and has developed into a miniature orchestra of harmonized voices and instruments carrying Lamb’s haunting lyrics on surging waves of Appalachian, gypsy, and shanty music. The group pulls from the talents of each member to create a quiet, dark, folk music that often swells into high-spirited, foot-stomping madness.

Brown Bird’s history starts when David Lamb returned to New England after a stint of unemployment in Seattle, bringing with him the first seedlings of a catalog of dark introspective songs. He settled in Portland Maine and Brown Bird crystallized with the addition of Lamb’s close friends Jeremy (voice, accordion, banjo) and Jerusha Robinson (voice, cello). Together they formed the stormy, ‘dark-americana’ sound that would identify the band for much of its earlier years.

As a trio, Brown Bird self released two albums: ‘Tautology’ (2006), and ‘Such Unrest’ (2007). Their third record “The Bottom of the Sea” found its home on the Portland Maine based label Peapod Records. Following its release in 2008, Lamb embarked on an extensive solo tour throughout the U.S. in support of the album.

While touring, Lamb met Morganeve Swain (voice, violin, viola) and Mike Samos (dobro, lap steel, mountain dulcimer) two Rhode Islanders who would join him for several shows on the road and later become full members of Brown Bird.

Members of Brown Bird now reside in both Maine and Rhode Island. The group is presently working on a full length album to be recorded by Ron Harrity and released on the Peapod Recording label. The recording will feature the addition of bass fiddle tracks by the talented Micah Blue Smaldone.
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  • Members:
    David Lamb (vocals, guitar, percussion), MorganEve Swain (fiddle, viola, cello, vocals), Jeremy Robinson (accordian, banjo, vocals), Jerusha Robinson (cello, vocals), Mike Samos (dobro, mountain dulcimer)
  • Sounds Like:
    A CD
  • Influences:
    Folk, Blues, Country, Gyspsy musics, Klezmer, Middle Eastern folk
  • AirPlay Direct Member Since:
    06/01/09
  • Profile Last Updated:
    06/14/18 22:31:14
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