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Passerine / Press

“The melodic, almost haunting sounds of contemporary bluegrass/folk band Passerine could easily be the theme music for a biopic of Sarasota. Its blossoming arts scene, the modern bluesy tunes that creep down narrow roads and out of cafes mix well with the weeping moss on the trees and the free running miles of beach, sand and water. It’s the purity of an untainted oasis that makes the city so special and Passerine offers the same organic passion in its music.”

“Five-piece Sarasota string band Passerine is nothing fancy: As standard and strong harmonies sweep behind the stories of singer Carmela Pedicini, a fiddle saws its reassurance a plinking upright bass. The full-bodied sweep of an acoustic guitar brushes above the omnipresent sighs of an expertly played dobro. But the band's songs about the sweetest sights and biggest dreams, and the casual confidence with which they deliver them, offer the basic balm of folk music at its best: a song that speaks your own worries and sings a way back out of them. They'll play the Triangle three times in the next few days—tonight at The Cave, Wednesday at Caffe Driade and Thursday at Durham's Broad Street Café.”

“Last but not least as our evening winds down is Passerine Folk Americana at it’s best! This band has a sound that is resonate and sultry. Passerine which also means an order of birds, when you hear their voices and instruments you feel free to fly and escape in their songs, my favorite song would have to be “Solitude” which feels like I am at one with the world while listening. The band members Carmela, Tanya, David and Miles connect on stage as if they understand what each song means to them, bringing the quad together as one soul.”

“The recently launched SarasotaMusicScene.com is unveiling their first officially SMS-presented concert featuring a handful of SRQ’s finest acoustic acts. Whether you’re looking for down-home folky acoustiana goodness, courtesy of Passerine and Scone Train, cutesy indie toe-tappers by way of Siamese Cocoon, or the bluesy stompin’ funk grooves of Tim Salem, this show has the acoustical sounds you seek.”

“Formed in 2009, this folksly, traditional-sounding quartet performs routinely around Sarasota in venues frequented by faithful locals. Passerine features David Brain on guitar, Tanya Radtke and "Radio Free" Carmela on vocals and guitar, with Miles Tweed lending support on bass. If you're looking for something to with which to ease into the weekend, or just in search of sounds that will surprise and sustain you, then check them out when in town.”

“Passerine, a local super group of sorts, have managed to merge the respective fanbases of Radio-Free Carmela and the Transmitters and Tanya Radtke together, usually ensuring some pretty healthy crowds at their shows. And now that down-homey Americana lovers have experienced two of their favorite local singers sharing the spotlight as duel frontwomen, what started as a side project has now become the usual line-up, as the smoothly blended vocal harmonies of the Carmela-Tanya tag team, along with touches of traditional folk and bluegrass courtesy of David Brain’s dobro and Miles Tweed’s upright bass, have proven to popular to split up.”

“Then after a very late night at a gig in the Keys, hometown favorites Passerine, belted out some of Jerry Garcia’s old and rare hits, with a style and sound all their own that I just couldn’t help myself but dance and sing along.”

“Free as a bird: Passerine takes flight while remaining grounded in American roots music...”

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