Parsonsfield, Dan Juan
Feb 18 @ 9:00pm
Advance tickets available at:
or at The Crepe Place
Though they call western Massachusetts home, Parsonsfield draws their name from the rural Maine town that's home to the Great North Sound Society, the farmhouse-turned-recording-studio of Josh Ritter keyboardist/producer Sam Kassirer. It was there that they cut their outstanding debut, 'Poor Old Shine,' which established them as a roots force to be reckoned with. The New York Times hailed the band as "boisterously youthful yet deftly sentimental," while Folk Alley dubbed their songs "the most jubilant and danceable indie roots music this side of the Carolinas." Their rowdy live performances only upped the ante, with The Bluegrass Situation falling for their "fun and frenzy" and No Depression raving that they'll "give you rich five-part harmonies one minute, sound like bluegrass on steroids the next, and then rock you over the head with unbearably cool and raucous Celtic rhythms."
"On stage, Parsonsfield will give you rich five-part harmonies one minute, sound like bluegrass on steroids the next, and then rock you over the head with unbearably cool and raucous Celtic rhythms. All with taste and class.” —No Depression
"They harmonize; they play saws, mandolins and pump organs; they back their songs with crickets and squeaking screen doors; they are boisterously youthful yet deftly sentimental...I fully expect to hear more from this band as the years go on.'
- David Vescey, The New York Times
" A blistering energetic debut."
- Maverick Magazine
"No patina, just authenticity."
- Ear To The Ground Music
"Integrating banjos, vibes and mandolin into their ramshackle set-ups, they offer up a series of heartfelt nods, the best of which – the lilting “The Hurry All Around,” the rousing “Punching the Air,” a gently shuffling “Weeds or Wildflowers” – ensure an instant affability... Given the fun and frenzy they currently purvey, Poor Old Shine offers an illuminating good time."
- The Bluegrass Situation
“...totally out of left field — comes the music of Parsonsfield, an eclectic American band which happily mingles bluegrass, folk, jazz and anything else that comes to mind. Not only does their sound make that biblical “joyful noise,” but the musicians themselves scamper around as though they were part of the cast of the Appalachian production of Lord of the Rings — the Musical.” - The Toronto Star, on The Heart of Robin Hood