Folkadelphia Wraps-up w/Meg Baird at JB’s Feb. 27

Published on The Deli Philadelphia – Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011

To say that Meg Baird is experienced is an understatement. Really, the word doesn’t rightly encompass her dues paid in the indie music scene. After all, the Philly-based New Jersey native started and fronted in the much adored freak-folk outfit Espers, collaborated with her sis, Laura, in the equally adored The Baird Sisters, has appeared on albums by Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Sharon Van Etten, and now sits behind the skins for Richie Charles’ new punk band Watery Love. If anything, she’s more of a success story, even if it’s in the confines of the underground. And it’s only right, too. Her bittersweet acoustic strums, weary lullaby vocal teases, and stark but swaying melodies can draw in deeply–just listen to her 2007 solo debut, Dear Companion (it can leave you breathless, no doubt). Check out the power of her verse this afternoon at Johnny Brenda’s for the final installment of the Folkadelphia concert series. Baird, along with Maine’s husband/wife experi-folk duo Arborea (local musicians Helena Espvall, Mary Lattimore, and Jesse Sparhawk will sit in for the set). And make sure to stay for the show’s Q&A session with Gene Shay of XPN’s Folk Show radio show. You won’t regret it.Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 1pm, $7, 21+ – Annamarya Scaccia


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