Since first hatching on a West Philadelphia front porch, Ladybird has flown to soaring new heights. Brought together by their mutual love of the traditional American songbook, Ladybird draws on their multi-dimensional background, from European classicism, Swedish folk, swingin’ jazz and the British Isles to create a sound that echoes like a wind through the Appalachian pines.
It is their diverse background that lends unique new treatments to old time songs. Their EP, "Hey There, Ladybird!" consists of three traditional songs ("High on a Mountain," "Rain and Snow," and "Red Rocking Chair"). The three songs are common in their repertoire, but Ladybird's renditions are indeed uncommon. The girls all agree; "The best advice we ever got was from Ry Cooder; he said 'why play a song the way it's been played before? Doesn't matter if it's better or worse, at least it's different.'" While playing all manner of stringed instruments (guitar, tenor guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and dobro) the girls, with producer Michael Southerton (of Song Dogs) began to experiment with harmony and texture. The result is an EP dipped in sepia and soaked in a Southern honey, with dark beauty and warmth.
Ladybird's debut at 2015's Philadelphia Folk Festival was well-received, and has led to radio play in Pennsylvania and New Jersey (WXPN 88.5, WDVR 89.7, WPRB 103.3). Recent support dates include shows with Steep Canyon Rangers, Sean Hoots (of Hoots and Hellmouth), Cahalen Morrison and Eli West, Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons, and Jim Boggia. Tri-State Indie reviewed a recent performance by saying, "they build upon one another's musical baseline to form a collaborative, noveau-vintage, grass-between-your-teeth folk sound with which they compose and perform" ("A Three Course Meal," Oct. 8, 2014).
Ladybird at Mason Porter's Midnight Mountain Music Fest
Ladybird at the 54th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival