We are pleased to welcome back Barnaby Bright, and introduce Connor Garvey, to the Stone Room. When we first hosted Barnaby Bright -- comprised of husband/wife Nathan and Becky Bliss -- back in January, it was for one of two inaugural concerts, the one to which we mostly invited our neighbors. Before the evening was over, we were convinced we should invite them back to share with a larger audience. Now as a co-bill with Connor Garvey, a rising star and singer-songwriter from Maine, this is certain to be a special evening of music.
Brooklyn-based indie folk rock duo Barnaby Bright, have garnered high accolades for their lyrically captivating and impeccably balanced songwriting and sound. The ying to each other’s yang, Becky’s angelic voice enchants audiences, while Nathan’s brilliant mastery of multiple instruments and writing styles guides the songs down their path. Finalists in the prestigious New York Song Circle Contest for two years in a row, Barnaby Bright was awarded the Grand Prize, winners in November 2010 for their song, “Don’t Look Down.”
Between Nathan’s bachelor degree in saxophone performance and jazz composition from Berklee College of Music as well as a Masters of Recording from The Conservatory of the Recording Arts & Sciences in Tempe, Arizona and Becky’s degree in vocal performance, it’s no surprise the married duo wrote and self-produced their first album, “Wake The Hero,” garnering accolades such as being highlighted as an “Emerging Artist” at the legendary Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in July 2010. Their music has been featured on ER, Days of Our Lives, and Roadtrip Nation, and the catchy, melodic “If I Came Back As a Song” placed third in 2007’s International Song-Writing Competition, whose panel of judges including Tom Waits.
"Gravity" -- Barnaby Bright's 2011 EP -- was selected by Amazon.com for their "Best Albums Of 2011" Top 100!
Amazon.com: Featured Artists August 2011
"Confessional folk-pop can be very hit or miss, but with their thoughtful production, diverse sonic palette, and insightful turns-of-phrase, married couple Nathan and Rebecca Bliss, aka Barnaby Bright, have knocked this one out of the park."
Connor Garvey's songs are like placing folk-funk guitar & ukulele, soulful vocals, and paradoxical metaphors in an electric juicer- you've never tasted it before, but its intriguing and delectable so you have to keep drinking. His clever, rhythmic string foundations provide a background for his most prominent instrument, his voice. His songs draw the attention of the entire room with humor, daring honesty, and grace through "a universal message that people can grab hold to just the kind of thing I needed." (Dennis Bigelow-Music Director of KRFC-FM) It is this connection with his audience that makes Garvey wonderfully successful in his live performances where he invites the them to share in the beauty of the moment- the shared night of music.
"Garvey's sandy tenor, attention to rhythmic detail and winsome way with a melody bring to mind the music of Paul Simon in his Rhymin’ Simon days as well as contemporaries Josh Ritter and Jason Mraz" writes music blog Direct Current.
The entertainment publication The Portland Phoenix describes Garvey's style as "Martin Sexton-ish jangle-funk, Mraz-y confessionals, and a very clear voice."