The Stray Birds

The Stray Birds, a young acoustic trio from Lancaster, will bring their rootsy sound to Harrisburg on Friday, July 26 when they play a concert at the Appalachian Brewery located at 50 N. Cameron Street in Harrisburg. The concert begins at 7:30 pm and is sponsored by the Susquehanna Folk Music Society in partnership with Greenbelt Events.

When The Stray Birds take the stage, the spotlight falls on three voices raised in harmony above the raw resonance of wood and strings. It is a sound drawn from the richness of American folk music traditions, spun with a stirring subtlety and grace. From bustling street corners to silent halls, their performances speak to an uncompromising reverence for songs.

Fly Magazine says of the group, “Super-talented acoustic trio whose virtuosity doesn’t get in the way of their soul. Rich vocal harmonies, tight acoustic arrangements, heart-wrenching songs.”

Raised on music within a few miles of farmland from each other, The Stray Birds were born of a compelling collaboration between two unique writers and vocalists: the pure, luxurious voice of Maya de Vitry, and Oliver Craven’s richness of tone and depth of delivery. Grounding their sound in the unshakeable groove of bassist Charles Muench, The Stray Birds are a trio of captivating chemistry and sensitive musicality.

An ambitious touring schedule reflects their embrace of the experience of live music. “Music exists in a time and place, not just in a digital format,” says Charles. Reveling in the energy of each room, a connection to the audience is the essence of their show. They have played throughout the country including on Mountain Stage with Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, at Sellersville Theater, at Café Lena and for the House of Musical Traditions. Their debut CD “Stray Birds” was named one of the top ten Folk/Americana albums of 2012 by NPR.

Concert tickets are $20 General Admission, $16 for SFMS members and $10 for students ages 3-22. Advance tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006 or online at Funding is provided by the Cultural Enrichment Fund and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, administered locally by the Cultural Alliance of York County. The concert is being hosted by Susquehanna Folk Music Society members Rob and Kim Bleecher. For more information, visit the Susquehanna Folk Music Society web site at


WHAT: A concert of “rootsy” folk music
WHO: The Stray Birds
SPONSORED BY: Susquehanna Folk Music Society
DATE & TIME: Friday, July 26, 7:30 pm
WHERE: Appalachian Brewery, 50 N. Cameron Street, Harrisburg
COST: $20 General Admission, $16 SFMS,
$10 Students ages 3-22, 717-745-6577