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The Random Tea Room & Curiosity Shop
713 N 4th St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123
A night of folk music with Laura Baird and Bea Troxel
Laura Baird is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and recording engineer. Since 2001 she has performed and recorded as The Baird Sisters with her sister, Meg Baird (Espers). In 2012 the duo released Until You Find Your Green (Grapefruit Record Club, 2012), which was recorded and engineered by Laura at Forest Hill Farm, her home recording studio. John Mulvey of Uncut has described their album as one of his personal favorites of 2012.
In addition to The Baird Sisters, Laura has also recorded with Espers, Death Vessel, Aroah, and The Trouble with Sweeney. Laura plays a wide variety of instruments, including banjo, flute, piano, harpsichord, guitar, trombone, theremin, and fiddle. She enjoys crossing and blending genres like folk, pop, classical, and electronic, and frequently collaborates with other artists and musicians who work in and between these genres.
Laura is also an enthusiastic collector and performer of traditional Appalachian music, drawing inspiration from both contemporary and historical ballad singers and musicians, as well as her great-great uncle Isaac Garfield “I.G.” Greer’s early recordings for the Library of Congress’ Archive of American Song.
Laura recently recorded Glenn Jones’ album, My Garden State(Thrill Jockey.) She is currently working on a solo full-length folk album.
Bea Troxel, a Nashville native, started writing songs in the tenth grade, but she did not take her own music seriously until she was a year out of college in Central PA working a desk job.
Music had always been a part of her life. In High School she played in a band called Bea, Rita, and Maeve (named «Best High School Band of 2013» by the Nashville Scene). The trio won Studio 360's High School Battle of the Bands contest, and Thao Nguyen and Andrew W.K. covered Bea's song, «The River,» as performed by Bea, Rita, and Maeve. Nguyen wrote of their music saying there was a «subtlety and refinement in the musicianship.»
Troxel played all through her time at Sewanee in southern TN, but she did not begin to seek out shows until she moved to Pennsylvania where she found herself in the midst of the Northeast DIY music scene. She opened for musicians such as Glenn Jones, Laura Baird, and Sons of an Illustrious Father, and played her first tour through the Northeast in April 2017. She recently moved back to Nashville and is recording her first full length record.
A silvery forest dream