The Commons Concert Series featuring Hollis Peach & Lucy Barna - Astoria
About Hollis Peach: Drawing from diverse influences ranging from John Hartford, Joanna Newsom, Pete Seeger, Jim Henson, and Townes Van Zandt Hollis Peach weaves evocative, mischievous and deeply personal stories in the American vernacular of song and story. This unassuming, yet highly original duo is currently touring in promotion of their debut release, “Sometimes We Feel the Same”. Founding members of the rootsy folk orchestra Patchy Sanders, songwriter and guitarist, Dan Sherrill along with his singing partner, Jacqui Aubert, create a finely nuanced musical pairing.
Though deceptively simple, their musical arrangements and harmonies are lush, intricate, and often hypnotic in their elegance. Kenneth Pattengale, of the Grammy-nominated The Milk Carton Kids, describes Dan as, “…a monster guitar player.” And this is true, as Dan’s phrasing comes out in the cleverest and subtlest of ways. When all is said and done, Hollis Peach’s music is a powerhouse of subtle gestures and graceful storytelling.
About Lucy Barna: Given her first guitar at the age of 17, Lucy Barna has been singing her story through song ever since. Raised in Ohio and adult-grown across American roads East to West, Lucy's gypsy spirit has led the way most of her life. An artist by nature, music was self-taught and songs began as stories of her journey, often written inside a van, a tent or a roadside motel room. Decades later, this story continues through her seasoned songs, creating an audibly trenchant, palpable experience of the human heart.
"It's a Rose", the latest collection of original songs, was written and recorded in New Mexico at Frogville Records.
Her band Hot Honey (members include Lucy Barna, Paige Barton, Lori Ottino and bassist Doug Meijer) was formed in 2012 in the tiny artist town of Madrid, NM, an unmatched place where desert grit and originality forever steer the times. The acclaimed Appalachian-Sass trio quickly garnered regional attention with their songwriting and performance and soon became regular fixtures in the Americana scene. In 2013, Hot Honey garnered 3 top awards in the Santa Fe music scene- Best New Local Band, Best Alt/County Band, and Best Rock Band.
In 2016, Lucy and fellow band member Paige Barton relocated to opposite coasts to pursue individual work projects and Hot Honey permutated into a touring band who reunites for small tour schedules (and sheer occasion...) "It's Sticky, a Raw Ep" was released 2016.