Berklee Summer in the CityThe Stray Birds
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Drawing upon the richness of American folk music traditions, the signature power of the Stray Birds sound lies in outstanding songwriting that soars in three-part harmony.
Though raised within a few miles of farmland from each other in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven had put miles of road behind them before first sharing a song in 2010. Craven had performed widely as fiddler, guitarist, and harmony vocalist for Grammy-nominated artist Adrienne Young while Maya had spent months criss-crossing the United States, Canada and Europe as a traveling street musician.
Grounding its sound in the unshakable groove of bassist Charlie Muench, the trio soon released its Borderland EP. Craven continues to tour nationally with Virginia-based Americana band the Steel Wheels. While attending Berklee, de Vitry began receiving national recognition for her songwriting, including a fourth place prize in the 2011 Telluride Troubadour Competition. Charlie received a degree in music education from West Chester University in December 2011. The Stray Birds will release their first full length album in summer 2012.