The Bird and The Bear are a spectacular duo whose world’s met on complete other sides of the world and merged together in Nashville, TN. In 2012, their debut album, “Breathe” was released and recorded in one session. The duo love to express their life journey’s through the intimacy in their music. The duo, Mirthe and Garry, have two different voices that come together creating a beautiful blend of emotion and harmonies. On February 17th, 2015 they will be releasing another EP titled, “Build A Fire” featuring their new single they recently released, “As Soon As Winter Comes.” You don’t want to miss out as The Bird and The Bear share their musical talents in their new EP.
ARTIST: The Bird and The Bear
BIRTHDATE: Mirthe: July 22nd, 1987, Garry: December 24th, 1989
HOMETOWN: Mirthe: Groningen, The Netherlands, Garry: Saratoga, Wyoming
CURRENT LOCATION: Nashville, Tennessee
AMBITIONS: Mirthe: I would love to be able to make a living doing the things I love. Music, obviously, but also with Polaroid photography and writing.
Garry: Anything creative. As long as I’m making music I enjoy with good company, I’ll be happy.
TURN-OFFS: Mirthe: Know-it-alls and indecisiveness., Garry: Nashville drivers.
TURN-ONS: Mirthe: Positivity and old cameras. And chocolate. And I can’t forget Garry’s dance moves., Garry: Good coffee and free beer. Oh, and my dance moves.
DREAM GIG: Mirthe: Support act for Alison Krauss at the Ryman., Garry: Too many to name. But if we ever opened for Ryan Adams I would probably wet myself onstage before we finished the first song.
FAVORITE LYRIC: Mirthe: “I think love is so much easier than you realize / If you can give yourself to someone then you should” – from “A Little Bit of Everything” by Dawes. I almost cry every time I hear it.
Garry: “Taking nothing back to show there for these dues I’ve paid / But the soul I almost sold here and the body I’ve been giving away” – from “Just the Other Side of Nowhere” by Kris Kristofferson. I’ve recited this line to myself so many times. It can be hard trying to make a living so far away from home, but it’s harder coming back empty-handed.
CRAZIEST PERSON I KNOW: Mirthe: Aren’t we all a little crazy?, Garry: I’m legally prohibited from mentioning their name.
SONG I WISH I WROTE: Mirthe: “Standing on the Moon” by Lera Lynn., Garry: Most recently “Cover Me Up” by Jason Isbell.
5 PEOPLE I’D MOST LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH: Mirthe: Alison Krauss, Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent, Vivian Maier, and Joy Williams.
Garry: David Rawlings, Gillian Welch, Darrell Scott, Guy Clark, and Ryan Adams. They all get a plus one, of course.
MY FAVORITE CONCERT EXPERIENCE: Mirthe: Nickel Creek in Cary, North Carolina this year. I had been waiting so long to see them live!
Garry: Dawes with Shovels and Rope at the Ryman. Our friend Stephen got us tickets as a wedding present and we got to share an incredible show with him!
I WROTE THIS SONG: Mirthe: I wrote it at a time when we were faced with a lot of uncertainty. I was in the immigration process and a lot of things in our lives were shifting. The song was a realization that no matter what people think or what happens, if you’re with the right person you can face it together. It’s about building a life together and facing the cold when it comes.