Sometymes Why On Mountain Stage

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Set List

  • "Diamond"
  • "Shine It"
  • "The Stupid Kiss"
  • "The Glorious Machine"
  • "Here, There and Everywhere"*
  • *Bob Thompson

Sometymes Why is a mostly acoustic group comprised of three female singers who have all made their presence known in the world of folk music: Aoife O'Donovan of Crooked Still, Kristin Andreassen of Uncle Earl, and Ruth Ungar-Merenda of The Mammals. The three trade instruments and gather around a single microphone singing minimalist folk songs with captivating two- and three-part harmonies.

O'Donovan plays guitar, piano, glockenspiel and harmonica. Ungar-Merenda plays ukulele, high-hat and fiddle — her father is fiddler Jay Ungar — and Andreassen plays piano, guitar, harmonica and percussion. Each singer also writes for Sometymes Why. The group recently released its second album, titled Your Heart is a Glorious Machine.

Mountain Stage pianist Bob Thompson finishes the set with a piano rendition of the Beatles' "Here, There and Everywhere."

This feature originally ran May 19, 2009.

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