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."