Philly area singer-songwriter Devin Tuel founded her duo Native Harrow back in 2011 in Woodstock, New York, where she connected with drummer and multi-instrumentalist Stephen Harms; since then they’ve moved to Philly, then spent a nomadic year on the road, and as of this winter are back in the Chester County burbs with a new record called Happier Now under their belts.
The album is their third, and makes a focused followup to 2017’s dazzling epic Sorores. It also has some of their poppiest, most accessible moments to date, easily recalling folk-rock originators Fairport Convention and Joan Baez, as well as their followers Quilt and Laura Marling.
Native Harrow recently stopped by WXPN studios to perform songs from Happier Now live for Folkadelphia and The Key; the full studio session airs on Folkadelphia next Wednesday, May 29th, but you can get a taste of it today by watching a gorgeous performance of “Can’t Go On Like This” from that set. In it, Harms juggles kit drumming, hand percussion, as well as both bass lines and upper-register leads on his baritone guitar, while Tuel fixates on singing about feeling stifled and needing to break out.
Watch below, and catch Native Harrow in person this Saturday, May 25th at World Cafe Live. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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