With an eclectic repertoire that draws from both traditional and contemporary influences, Birdy has quickly established itself on the Chicago music scene and beyond, and is a regular performer at coffee houses, restaurants and pubs, folk venues, community centers, neighborhood parties, festivals, and farmers markets. The BIRDY idea was literally ‘sparked’ in the ’90’s while Bianca and Sharon were singing around a bonfire at a camping weekend. Instantly recognizing a soaring harmony blend, the two began performing together regularly. In-demand percussionist Meg Thomas, who provides a wonderful driving and creative dimension to BIRDY’s established sound, joined the group in 2007. More recently, veteran bassist Roy McNaughton joined the group, with bass lines that are both artistically fluid and warmly down to earth. A typical BIRDY concert includes BIRDY originals, covers of favorite singer/songwriters both near and far, traditional folk tunes with a twist, songs of love (lost, acquired or desired), and a few other styles thrown in for good measure. Influenced by Nanci Griffith, Joni Mitchell, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, The Wailin’ Jennys, Deb Talan/The Weepies, Martha Scanlan, Truckstop Souvenir, Alison Krauss, New Orleans, Flamenco, Appalachian and traditional folk music, and the list goes on…. BIRDY resonates with the richness of these influences, entertaining with songs that evoke many different sounds, thoughts, and feelings. The group identifies with the haunting sound of wind blowing through the trees, golden autumn days, the hope of spring, and music born from street, gospel and truth. BIRDY released its first CD, Journey Home, in October 2009, which has received airplay on WDCB Public Radio. Since March 2012, the Birds have been hard at work on their new CD. Stay tuned for release date and party plans!
Bianca Wesolowski – vocals
Sharon Speziale – vocals, guitar, fiddle
Meg Thomas – percussion
Roy McNaughton – big old upright acoustic bass
Loretta Sawyer Promotions