Sunday, January 07, 2018

MUSIC: Americana lyics and a melodies both delicate and fierce mark New England / NY tour of Eliza Edens (Densmore) | Jan. 9-Jan. 19

Eliza Edens (Densmore) -- above   / left                   Siri Undlin ("Humbird") -- below/right
Ballads that conjur wistful Americana and alternately delicate and fierce melodies are promised by a couple of women guitar singer-songwriters who begin a 10-venue New England / N.Y. coffeehouse tour on Tuesday in Rochester, N.Y. -- then head east to Schenectady, Burlington, Vt., Cambridge, Mass., Nashua, N.H., Portland, Maine, Williamstown, Mass., Brooklyn, N.Y., and two Philadelphia venues.

The duo are Eliza Edens ​ Densmore, who performs as Eliza Edens,​ and ​​Siri ​Undlin​ , who performs as Humbird. Close friends ​ at their alma mater, The Colorado College​ , they perform separately on a split billing.  Humbird, who is  based in Minneapolis, uses guitar to conjur up wistful American with hits of wintry longing.   Edens, a Williamstown-born songsearcher, crafts delicate and fierce melodies also with voice and guitar. 

Their full schedule is below
​ and is also viewable at

After traversing 5 continents and 20 countries with only a guitar and a backpack, Humbird adds powerful lyrics to a mosaic of influences like Joni Mitchell, Bon Iver and Bill Frisell.  Combining a wintry longing with the warmth of a familiar folktale, Humbird stretches traditional genres of folk and Americana to embrace the unexpected. This music invites a refreshing dissonance into the house. Humbird relased a double EP "Elsewhere" and "Where Else" in Summer 2017. Find Humbird's music at:

Edens is a native of Williamstown who now lives and performs in Philadelphia. She has played in New York City and around small Berkshire County venues and opened for Sarah Lee Guthrie in July at Hancock Shaker Village. She uses her music to observe the natural world. Combining the adventurous fingerpicking of The Tallest Man on Earth, the calm resolve of Laura Marling, and the aching pulse of Bon Iver, Eliza writes tightly wound songs with wistful lyrics and winding melodies that belong somewhere between your tumbledown front porch stoop and a hazy bar in the big city – and leave a little extra space to linger. She is a grantee of Club Passim's 2017 Iguana Music Fund and is currently crafting a debut record. Her debut EP is at

​"We're thrilled to be heading out on an inaugural tour with Humbird," says Edens. "We're
 playing spots all around New England and the Northeast. Come listen & stay warm with us -- it's guaranteed to keep y​ou​r post-holiday blues at bay."

Their schedule includes​:
​Rochester, N.Y. /​

Burlington, Vt. ​​
(Radio Bean) | Fri., Jan. 12 | 9:30 p.m.

Cambridge, Mass.​ / 
Gallery 263  | Sat., Jan. 13 | 7:30 p.m.

Nashua, N.H. ​/ 
Riverwalk Cafe & Music Bar| Sun. Jan. 14 | 8 p.m.

Portland, Maine ​/ 
Empire Live Music & Events | Tues., Jan. 16 | 7 p.m. 

Williamstown, Mass. ​/ 
​house show at ​Caretaker Farm | Wed., Jan. 17 |  7 p.m.

Brooklyn, N.Y. ​/ 
Muchmore's| Thu., Jan.  18 | 8 p.m.

Philadelphia, Penn. ​ /  
Kung Fu Necktie w/ Dirty Bird​ | Fri. Jan. 19 | 7 p.m.

Hopewell, N.J.
 Hopewell Theater | Wed., Feb. 7