The Birds Go Astray

Read about the latest very surprising news from The Stray Birds


The Stray Birds Call Time


All originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, The Stray Birds started as a duo of acoustic buskers in early 2010 when Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven met with their instruments, their voices, and their songs.  It didn’t take much convincing to get bassist Charlie Muench on board, and with the addition of a third unique and powerful voice, the group began to define its captivating sound.

A favorite of Listening Through The Lens, we have captured them with delight in Raleigh NC and Nashville TN (the Station Inn – see above).  Eight years, five records and hundreds of performances later, the band is best known today for its songwriting, its tight and forthcoming vocal harmony blend and its commitment to an impassioned delivery of original material, both on stage and in the studio.  Their 2016 Yep Roc Records release Magic Fire was produced by Grammy-winner Larry Campbell and earned much praise.

Recently announcing their new release Let It Pass on September 7, the subsequent and sad news that the band will be no longer…leaving us with one last recording…a parting gift.

Here’s s statement from the band:


We have made the incredibly difficult but truly healthy decision to disband. We will no longer be performing or recording together, and we have cancelled our fall tour.

We feel total exhilaration in the music we have made together in this flash of years, astonishment at the miles we’ve traveled and the places we’ve sung, and hopefulness in all the love we’ve been shown by the people along the way. Thank you to everyone who has supported our band, in so many ways– we are sincerely grateful for this journey.

As we step into this new unknown, we are excited to discover the ways we will contribute to the world beyond The Stray Birds, and hopeful for the personal and creative growth that this space will allow.

Our final recording, Let It Pass, will be released on September 7, 2018 (via CD and Digital). These songs will be our musical farewell to you, but may music continue to find you – through sorrow and celebration – and bring you joy and peace.

-The Stray Birds


Here’s a nice example of the band’s harmonies, performing in St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, built in 1826 in Hillsborough North Carolina – the song “When I Die”:




Read about the latest very surprising news from The Stray Birds

Read about the latest very surprising news from The Stray Birds




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