Barnaby Bright On Mountain Stage The duo plays a wide array of unusual instruments to create their indie-folk sound. Though this is their first appearance, they were finalists earlier this year in the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest.

Mountain Stage

Barnaby Bright On Mountain Stage

Barnaby Bright On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/167161542/167166891" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

The indie-folk duo Barnaby Bright makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.V. The many instruments the two often use reflect the traditions they've picked up in their travels as musicians. It's not uncommon for the pair to employ harmonium, banjo, ukulele, floorboard bass, thumb pianos and multiple guitars in a single set.

Singer Becky Bliss' strong, haunting vocals anchor their songs, while Nathan Bliss' intricate and innovative guitar playing provides a worldly backdrop to their seamless harmonies. Beginning with the second verse of their first song, "Don't Look Down," he plays with a harmonic tapping technique that had the Mountain Stage crew doing double takes, and the audience on the edge of its seat. Taking their name from a medieval term for the summer solstice, the two earned a spot earlier this year as finalists in the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest, held in New York.

Set List

  • "Don't Look Down"
  • "Highway 9"
  • "Made Up Of"
[+] read more[-] less

More From Folk

Bill Blauser/Mountain Stage

Todd Snider On Mountain Stage

During his 14th appearance on Mountain Stage, the Nashville songwriter delivers a career-spanning set of favorites.

Todd Snider On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/576814876/576841728" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Amanda Shires On Mountain Stage

During her third appearance on the program, Shires creates a sophisticated roots sound with just the right amount of grit.

Amanda Shires On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/575946612/575951729" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Sara Watkins On Mountain Stage

Hear the Southern California native perform songs from her 2016 release, Young In All The Wrong Ways, which she calls "a break-up album with myself."

Sara Watkins On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/573620059/573632425" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

The North Mississippi Allstars On 'Mountain Stage'

The modern day torchbearers of Mississippi blues make their third appearance on Mountain Stage and play songs from their latest release, Prayer For Peace.

The North Mississippi Allstars On 'Mountain Stage'

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/570652598/570654482" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Seth Glier On Mountain Stage

In his second appearance on Mountain Stage, the folk artist's otherworldly voice is accompanied by various percussion instruments and rich, layered harmonies.

Seth Glier On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/568540896/568554187" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Dan Wilson On Mountain Stage

The songwriter and producer performs some of his famous collaborations, including Adele's "Someone Like You" and The Dixie Chicks' "Not Ready To Make Nice."

Dan Wilson On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/562554003/562786908" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Back To Top