Over the years many of our favorite Philly local musicians have covered holiday classics or have written their own seasonal songs. We’ve compiled some of our favorites from the last few years that we’ve posted on The Key, including some highlights from WXPN’s Home For the Holidays, the annual broadcast hosted by WXPN’s Helen Leicht, featuring songs by Amos Lee, The Districts, Good Old War, Ginger Coyle, Hemming, and more. Continue reading →
Central-PA folk four-piece, Tin Bird Choir, just released a fun new single called “Agency.” Describing themselves as “organic, free range, Pennsylvania barn rock,” Tin Bird Choir exude that in “Agency.” With a sing-song, upbeat rhythm, the track feels like a melodic version of an Aesop’s fable conclusion, imparting moral wisdom on someone who has clearly done something wrong. This brief barnyard sing-along feels like it would pair nicely with a hot apple cider while pumpkin-picking by a corn maze. Continue reading →
Barn rock band Tin Bird Choir headline Burlap and Bean Coffee this evening. Though their latest album was released in the summer of 2013, they recently covered the Rolling Stone’s “Sway” and have promised an enticing setlist. Tin Bird Choir will be joined by Elspeth Tremblay & the Satellites and Ginger Coyle for a night of Philly area folk. For tickets to the Philadelphia Folk Society and Dull Dime-presented show, head over to the XPN Concert Calendar, and be sure to listen to their cover of “Sway” below. Continue reading →
Eight years ago, Eric and Heather Hurlock set up a four-track in their Coventryville living room and committed a handful of Christmas songs to tape. Though they had been home recording since the mid-90s, their band Tin Bird Choir did not properly exist yet. They were just making these compilations to share with friends for the holidays. But those friends liked what they heard, and encouraged them to pursue their music more seriously. Because of those musical holiday favors, their friend Todd Bartolo of the band Youngers asked them to open a up for a show at Chaplin’s coffee shop in Spring City, and the band was born. Continue reading →
Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
“We really wanted to do something to raise awareness for PACS. They’re a local organization that helps the working poor of Phoenixville with everything from food, housing, utilities, and health needs. Their mission is to empower the people to achieve self-sufficiency. Our song ‘We Are the Working Poor’ resonates with people for a reason. There are a lot of us (working poor) and we need to help each other out when we can.”
Watch Tin Bird Choir’s video for “We Are the Working Poor” below and get tickets here.
The second week of WXPN’s 12 Days of Local Christmas begins today with Chester County folk four-piece Tin Bird Choir. Their strummy new number “Christmas at the Wawa” tells the story of wearied holiday travelers driving through the night and celebrating Christmas at the break of dawn in the parking lot of the ubiquitous Delaware Valley convenience store. Download the song below.
Savages are a post-punk band hailing from London who released their debut album, Silence Yourself, back in May. Even though they’re fairly new on the music scene, Savages are already gaining a lot of attention and appeared on Jimmy Fallon a few weeks back. Tonight, the group plays at Union Transfer. If you’re looking to keep the weekend going into Sunday night, you’ll definitely want to check out this concert tonight. Click here for ticket info and listen to their song “Shut Up” below.
Local folk-outfit Tin Bird Choir have just released an official video for their track “Sea Change.” The charming tune is straight off of Tin Bird Choir’s forthcoming record, Homesteady, due out July 2nd. Like what you hear? (and see?) Then be sure to catch Tin Bird Choir on July 14th at Upper Merion Township’s Concerts Under The Stars series for Helen Leicht’s Philly Local night. Find more info here, and watch the “Sea Change” video below.
Locals Tin Bird Choir bring their soulful folk sound to Steel City Coffeehouse in Phoenixville tonight. It’s a CD release show for the self-proclaimed “barn rock” outfit, whose new record is titled Homesteady. Check them out performing at 30th Street Station a few weeks ago for XPN’s Lunchtime Buskers series. You can find tickets and information here.