All originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, The Stray Birds started as a duo of acoustic buskers in early 2010 when Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven met with their instruments, their voices, and their songs.
It didn't take much convincing to get bassist Charlie Muench on board, and with the addition of a third unique and powerful voice, the group began to define its captivating sound. Since taking America by storm in 2013 they have gone on to win a huge fanbase following triumphant appearances at big festivals around the world such as Celtic Connections, Cambridge Folk Festival, MerleFest and Tønder. One of the outstanding successes of the Cambridge event in 2015, they were filmed for the Sky Arts TV coverage, presenter Mark Radcliffe telling viewers they were “one of the hits of the event,” and adding: “Everyone was talking about them - I know you’re gonna love them.”
They continued to build their UK fanbase in 2016 with a sold-out tour and ended the year on a high being voted Band of The Year in the annual Readers’ Poll at AmericanaUK where they also took the Album of The Year award too.