18 May Artist Spotlight on The Parkington Sisters
In a perfect meeting of classical training, deep feeling for folk traditions, and family-bred musical instincts, the Parkington Sisters spin original stories and captivating melodies into songs at once timeless and thoroughly modern. Lydia, Rose, Nora, Sarah, and Ariel, raised under the influence of the sea in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, play violin, viola, cello, guitar, banjo, piano, accordion and share lead and background vocals. Drawing from a wide world of inspirations (Delta blues, Joni Mitchell, Igor Stravinsky, Astor Piazzolla, Radiohead), they produce a sound that is undeniably their own, distinguished by vibrant string arrangements, warm, interwoven harmonies, and voices that blend like only sisters can.
Since 2005, the sisters have traveled the country, capturing audiences wherever they play. They have been guest artists on recordings by The Spring Standards, Sonya Kitchell, Dub Trio, The Dropkick Murphys and recently, recorded their debut album Till Voices Wake Us at New York City’s Avatar Studios and Studio G with engineer/producer Joel Hamilton (Elvis Costello, Tom Waits). They will be touring with the Dropkick Murphys in the spring and summer of 2011.
“There’s something to be said for the sheer beauty of the sibling harmonies from these five sisters who were raised on Cape Cod. Based in Wellfleet, the Parkington Sisters buoy their Americana with lovely baroque arrangements heavy on strings (violin, cello, viola).”
“Their music was swept up in a natural enthusiasm, radiating love — for music, yes, but more so for each other.”