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Episode 531

Artist: The Littlest Birds 2013

About the Episode:

The Littlest Birds are one of the finest examples of an original music performing Duo I have ever heard. I have recorded them twice now and booked them in Chicago. You are about to hear and see why I love these two brilliant performers.

 

The Littlest Birds are a nationally touring cello and banjo duo from the Eastern Sierra of California. Together since 2010 they've performed 100s of shows across 24 U.S. States, and Canada, including festivals, concert series, radio stations, farmer's markets, fine restaurants, house concerts, weddings, bars, street corners, backyards, wine cellars, and even one 200 year old Misión deep in the heart of the Baja Peninsula.

Recently they've been busier than ever, with several festival performances including The Millpond Music Festival, Mateel Summer Arts Festival, San Francisco Free Folk Festival, Oregon Country Fair, Beartrap Summer Festival, and the prestigious Vancouver Folk Music Festival in British Columbia, Canada. A 2012 performance at Fiddler's Crossing in Tehachapi was recorded by Peter Cutler and rebroadcasted on KPFK's Folk Scene program hosted by Roz Larman in its entirety to listeners around California and beyond. They've performed with Elephant Revival, Melvin Seals & the JGB, Mountain Standard Time, The Brothers Comatose, Pharis and Jason Romero, Run Boy Run, Joe Craven, Mary McCaslin, Scott Miller & Reyna Gellert, and Carolina Story.

Both David Huebner and Sharon Martinson have classical music backgrounds supporting their current foray into Americana roots music. Some years ago you may've seen David on the Disney Channel, twice, as principal cellist of the Disney Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, which included a performance at the Hollywood Bowl. Or you may've run into Sharon deep in the forests of the southeast as she studied southern pine beetle ecology for her PhD at Dartmouth College where she also played french horn in their chamber orchestra. 

 

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