Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands, led by award winning singer/songwriter, ethnomusicologist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, Crystal Bright, have played over 700 shows from Canada to Austin, TX and New Orleans to Nashville the past 6 years. Bright performed with the North Carolina Symphony in 2011 on an arrangement of her song "Toy Hammer," and has performed at various festivals around the country (SXSW, Savannah Stopover, FloydFest, DragonCon, Midpoint Music Fest, The Steampunk World's Fair, Shakori Hills, and many others.) She took Runner Up for On the Rise at Floydfest 2013 for a return set in 2014, and was named Best Singer in 2012, Best Songwriter in 2014, and Best Musician in the Triad in 2015 by Greensboro's Yes Weekly.
Bright has an eclectic, haunting but yet whimsical, carnivalesque world folk sound, dubbed "kaleidophrenic cabaret." She plays accordion, musical saw, concertina, piano, Taiko drum, adungu (Ugandan harp), and various others, leaving people captivated with her operatic & soulful vocals and virtuoso command of her exotic instruments.
The latest visual collaborative album with DividingMe Photography, "The Absolute Elsewhere" (Jan. 2015) received great reviews, and "Muses and Bones" (2012) has received press and glowing reviews in the US & Europe, as well as radio airplay in the US, UK, & Canada, including NPR and BBC appearances.
RIYL: Kate Bush, Dresden Dolls, Beirut, Tom Waits, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Decemberists, Danny Elfman/Tim Burton, Yann Tiersen, folktales, ethnomusicology, musical saws, accordions.
“Polished, breathtaking group with international influences." -Performer Magazine (Feb 29, 2012)
"The playing is majestic, the atmospheres convincing and compelling and the overall sound is simply marvellous. A splendid release. It's hard to believe she's unsigned." -Americana UK (April 17, 2012)
"...a pleasant kind of bonkers" - BBC Radio 3
"The entire record is an impressive display of musical acumen, striking melodies, and impressive performance. Performance is the word, because Bright is a performer in the truest sense of the word. " -Pop Matters
"Muses and Bones is an ethereal collection with a chilly sparseness and an unusual mix of styles, from gypsy folk and carnival-esque blues to the kind of gothy pop both Siouxsie Sioux and Adele Adkins might dig." -Charleston City Paper (Feb 18, 2012)