June 4th, 2022 7pm Stage 2
Sarah Siskind & Two Bird Stone
Award-winning singer/songwriter Sarah Siskind and fellow North Carolina Americana group Two Bird Stone bring their original material together for an evening of unforgettable music. Using the name “Modern Appalachia” to frame the marriage of traditional and progressive takes on the sound of their region, their stories-in-song span the spectrum from heartfelt ballads to full on electric rock.
When Liam Thomas Bailey, leader of Two Bird Stone, discovered Sarah’s music on NPR, he reached out to her in hopes that she would participate on his upcoming album. Siskind loved what she heard; the two had instant musical chemistry in the studio and soon realized their influences were parallel, particularly in the trinity of old-time/traditional, Celtic, and progression fusion. Such an uncommon combination solidified their musical friendship. These recordings led to Sarah’s contributing vocals on three songs on Two Bird Stone’s album “Hands and Knees.”
Through the pandemic, they stayed in touch as they both raised families in North Carolina; Sarah in the mountains of Brevard, and Liam in Hickory. After repeated canceled tours for both, they had the opportunity to combine shows on a small 2021 tour in the NC mountains. On stage, Sarah and Two Bird Stone organically fell into magical collaboration, lending harmonies and soaring guitar to each other's songs. They knew they must do more of these collaborations and so Modern Appalachia: Sarah Siskind with Two Bird Stone was born. They plan to tour throughout 2022.
Outside of this project, Sarah continues to write for Film/TV and other artists (“Nashville”, “Station 19”, “The Wire”, Alison Krauss, Wynonna Judd and more) while she is also preparing for her next solo album. The pandemic provided her time to pursue a long-time dream of starting a creative arts center in Brevard where she currently offers workshops and private Creative Coaching, called Carolina Creative Arts.
Liam, a graduate of Berklee School of Music, is also a private music and songwriting instructor and supports artists on tour such as Brett Eldridge and Rodney Atkins. Two Bird Stone continues to work on new material for their future recording.