Berklee Summer in the CityThe Stray Birds
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.