Photo taken by Adam Dodds
Birds and Arrows are Andrea and Pete Connolly
Andrea and Pete Connolly met in Chapel Hill, NC in 2006. Andrea was recording and performing as a solo singer/songwriter and Pete was fronting a local rock band. Their artistic and personal lives collided and formed the songwriting partnership Birds and Arrows. In 2007 they released two critically acclaimed EPs, Self-titled and Woodgrain Heart. Their earnest songs broke listeners hearts and began to create a dedicated NC fan base. Then in 2009, they released their first full-length record Starmaker, which was picked as “Album of the Month” by the Triangles Independent Weekly. In 2011, Birds and Arrows released its second full-length record We’re Gonna Run, which was revered by Grayson Currin as “the best moment of the band’s career so far, a promise that they’ve got real range.” Now, Andrea and Pete have written their lives into the latest Birds and Arrows album Coyotes. Inspired by their bucolic surroundings, they arranged and recorded the record at their new home….a small, 19th-century, schoolhouse turned cabin nestled in the woods on an 88 acre horse farm near Durham, NC. They invited a few friends to sit in with them on select songs which ended up being an impressive cast of local and national talent. Robert Sledge of Ben Folds Five, Dirk Shumaker of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and James Wallace of Mount Moriah are just a few of the special guests that where involved in the making of this record. Produced and mixed by Chris Stamey of the dBs, Coyotes promises to be Birds andArrows’ best effort as a band to date. Stamey describes the album as “An amazing record, overflowing with invention, dedication and exuberance.” The songs on Coyotes embrace the original folk spirit of Birds and Arrows, combined with the confidence and experience in songwriting that comes from playing music together for over seven years. The wistful and nostalgic “Firefly” (the album’s opening track) evokes memories of youth, first love, and the scars of rejection that resonate with everyone throughout a lifetime. Frank Stasio of NPR/WUNC’s The State of Things noted, “The honeymoon sweetness of their earlier work has been replaced with a maturity and depth appropriate for musicians whose lives and work are gaining seriousness and acclaim.” Over the years, Birds and Arrows have developed a rich sound that is much more than the sum of their parts. The romance between Andrea and Pete’s voices is distinctly captivating and they accomplish an elegant sound that is truly their own. They perform and tour as a strong acoustic duo but also have a rotating cast of many great guest players. Such as Josh Starmer on cello (wrote and recorded all string arrangements on Coyotes), Roger Gupton on bass and vocals, Robert Sledge of Ben Folds Five on bass, Eric Haugen on guitar and pedal steel, Dave Hadley and Andrew Grimm of June Star on pedal steel and guitar…to name a few. Their compelling and road tested live show appeals to a surprisingly wide range of audiences; they are the cherished rock band for folk lovers and the favorite folk group for rock fans.
-photo taken by Bill Hudson
-photo taken by Adam Dodd
-photo taken by Bill Hudson