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Clara Berry grew up on Maine's rocky coast, writing twisting melodies and compelling lyrics which she delivers with her featherlike vocals. She studied under Cerberus Shoal's Tom K, and then with pianist Thomas Stumpf who both encouraged a departure from the everyday. Joe O'Neill (AKA Wooldog Berry's musical partner) grew up on Boston's South Shore garnering influence from John Zorn and Billy Martin while wailing on pickle buckets in the Cambridge Streets. The two met at a show in Lowell Mass and found their styles to be perfectly complimentary.
In 2011 they met producer Brad Swanson (The Bad Plus, Mason Jennings) who would help them create The Magician's Wife released in October of 2013. The album was named among the best of 2013 by the New Hampshire Wire and the Portland Press Herald. The first track off the album was used by NYU-Steinhardt, MIT-Media Lab and P2PU for the first free online music production course.