Friday, December 29, 2023
Doors at 7PM, Show @ 8PM
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Formed by two high school friends bent on traveling the country playing folk music together, Driftwood have turned into one of the hardest working, original bands in the business.
In 2005, Forsyth and Kollar were ready for a side project. After playing in jam rock bands throughout high school and college they were interested in something new. Forsyth explains, “We were entranced with everything going on in the folk world at the time, also I had moved out to Colorado for a bit and Joe came to visit. We went to the Telluride Bluegrass Fest with some friends and our lives were changed forever. When I moved home, we started jamming folk tunes on the side and eventually we set out to learn how to play around one mic, put together a set of original folk music and try to tour on it.” In 2008 they met Byrne and started touring full time in 2009. In 2010 Bassist Joey Arcuri joined and by then they were regularly hitting the East Coast club circuit. Drummer Sam Fishman, a more recent addition, joined in 2021.
With three people sharing the vocal and songwriting duties, there are certainly some disparate elements at play reminiscent of other well-known, multi-singer bands. But it’s very apparent Driftwood have no interest in emulation; their focus seems to be purely on creation. “I feel blessed to have 3 main singer-songwriters in our band. It allows us to paint from a pretty big pallet and also to challenge each other. Sometimes it can take a minute to make our styles flow but really it’s been such a huge part of our growth as a band and as individual writers.”
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