Oct. 25: Barnaby Bright w/ Victoria Vox

7:30 PM (doors at 7:00 PM)
Bikenetic, 922 West Broad St.
Falls Church, VA

Since the release of their first album, 'Wake the Hero' in 2009, Barnaby Bright has garnered high accolades for their songwriting and sound. Grand prize winners of the NY Song Circle competition, Barnaby Bright's music has also been featured on national television to soundtrack heavy moments on shows such as 'ER' and 'Days of our Lives.' Their follow up EP 'Gravity' was named one of the top 100 records of the year by Amazon.com, keeping good company with the likes of Adele and Bon Iver. They continue touring in support of their most recent full length record, "The Longest Day," gracing such notable venues as Lincoln Center and NPR's "Mountain Stage" in West Virgina, and sharing stages with the likes of the Lumineers and Norah Jones. After moving to Nashville in spring of 2014, they began work on their most recent full-length album with producer Cason Cooley (Ingrid Michaelson, Sixpence None the Richer, Matt Kearney), which is set to release early 2015.



Nathan and Rebecca Bliss, the voices and the brains behind Barnaby Bright, are truly the modern day traveling troubadours, averaging roughly 200 shows and 40,000 miles traveled a year. You can find them on streets as far away as London or Amsterdam, and as remote as St. Paris, Ohio, toting their massive haul of instruments…multiple guitars, harmonium, banjo, ukulele, floorboard bass, thumb pianos and keyboards. Because of the great number of shows they've played in their world travels, as well as their unique instrumentation, powerful harmonies and thought-provoking, connective lyrics, this duo has mastered the original goal they set out to attain: to create a sacred, magical space for their audiences…a momentary escape from the outside world. Their songs deal with a diverse range of subjects as relatable as longing and love, and as dark as death and revenge. The resulting emotional journey Barnaby Bright takes you on during one of their shows is one you will never forget. Drawing inspiration from literature, human behavior, experiences shared with the fascinating people they've encountered on the road, as well as a hint of fantasy, Barnaby Bright is a classic vision of timeless indie folk rock in all its glory.

Nothing about the journey of this married duo has been accidental or without purpose...even the band name itself holds a myriad of meaning for them. The phrase "Barnaby Bright" is a medieval term for the summer solstice. In 17th century England, the longest day of the year was celebrated with a large festival to honor St. Barnabus, and all joined together in merry recitation of the limerick, "Barnaby Bright, Barnaby Bright, the longest day, the shortest night." Nathan and Becky were instantly drawn to the name not only for its historical context, but also because of the many metaphors it represented to them: light and dark, good and evil, and the idea that though this innate, dualistic struggle is present in all of us, on the longest day of the year, light prevails over dark...goodness wins.

This dichotomy of the human condition is represented time and again not only in their songs, but in themselves. With over a decade between them, and drastically different childhoods and life experiences, Nathan and Becky find in each other so much of what the other is lacking, both musically and personally. They have discovered that their vastly different backgrounds give them each a unique approach to the world, and to songwriting. Perhaps that is why listeners find such depth and range of emotions in the songs of Barnaby Bright.

Victoria Vox wrote her first song at 10 years old, inspired by the sounds coming out of the car radio on trips into town from the country home where she grew up in rural Wisconsin. Vox taught herself to sing and play guitar, after concert band practice, secretly saving herself from the reputation as a band-geek. At 17, Vox spent a year abroad in France, bought a guitar, and pursued to express herself through her songwriting.

Vox went on to study music' songwriting in particular' at the Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) where she earned her degree in 2001. Shortly after stints in Nashville and London, Vox moved back in with her mom and began to tour across the US, singing at cafés and street-corners.



In 2003, Vox was given a ukulele and she fell in love with it's limitations and simplicity. This lead to a more playful and melodic approach to her songwriting. As she continued to tour, ukulele-in-hand, the demand for a ukulele album grew. Vox recorded her debut uke album, 'Victoria Vox and Her Jumping Flea', in 2005 and toured Hawaii just before it's official release in 2006. While in Hawaii, she landed an 'ukulele sponsorship with KoAloha Ukuleles, which became the the tipping point to her becoming a household name at Ukulele Festivals around the world.

Vox is an award winning songwriter ' including for songs she has written in French' (Independent Music Awards, 6-time WAMMIE winner, International Acoustic Music Awards, ADDYS, and has also donated songs to causes like the American Asbergers Association and the Duchenne Foundation. Her music has been used in indie films and featured on NPR's "To the Best of Our Knowledge".

Vox's infectious pop-folk-jazz style has earned her fans who truly appreciate her art. She has fan-funded several albums and a songwriting project, where Vox hunkered down in 2012 to write a song a week for the year. The '52 Original Song Project' was preceded in 2011 with a YouTube '52 Cover Song Project' where she learned and memorized 52 cover songs.

In addition to her songwriting and ukulele playing, Vox has received praise for her 'invisible' instrument: The Mouth Trumpet. She was invited to blow her own horn on the Jay Leno Show in 2009 and in 2015, Vox was featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal as a leader in the mouth trumpet 'revival' and performed live on air on KMOX's Charlie Brennan show. She employs her mouth trumpet during musical breaks at her live shows and also includes it on her studio recordings, along with the real trumpet (which she also plays).

Vox new resides in Baltimore, MD and continues to tour to Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and across the U.S. Her 9th album, "When the Night Unravels" was released in January 2015.