ONE SHEET - 2019
What a beautiful, beautiful harmony sound they have... -- Larry Groce | NPR's Mountain Stage Radio Show
This is an album bursting with originality... The warmth emanating from every song and tune is proof that the collaboration is a labour of love. Deeply respected for their musicianship, [The Early Mays] have hit gold here--this is instrumentalism and harmony singing to make the heart soar. -- Isabel Boothby | UK Old Time News | Full review
...They sang harmonies that made my own heart sing. Close, perfect, high and sweet--intricate parts worked out that seemed as natural as breathing. We were swept away. -- Susanna Robinson Kenga | LBSpy, Lewisburg, WV
The Early Mays are a bit of a supergroup... Together, they literally make beautiful music--a play on the Appalachian folk all three are steeped in, with close vocal harmonies and guitar, banjo and fiddle work -- Andy Mulkerin | Pittsburgh City Paper
The Early Mays are three talented writers, singers, and instrumentalists, coming together on a masterpiece of a debut album. it is clear that the folk trio carefully crafted each other's songs by adding emotionally stirring harmonies and delicate folk imstrumentation (banjo, fiddle and organ). While playing together for the first time at a late-night Christmas Eve service, they realized the full potential of future collaborations, thus forming The Early mays. Using crowd funding to source their self-titled debut, the group brings traditional and original material to spectacular life. This is more than a band that writes and performs songs; it's a group of serious musicologists who have studied the folk genre all their lives. It's a rare combination of knowledge and talent. -- Cindy Howes | Folk Alley & WYEP, Pittsburgh, PA
NPR Mountain Stage, Featured Performer | October 2017
#1 Artist and album on National Folk-DJ Charts | August 2017
Winner of Neo-Traditional Band Competition | Appalachian String Band Music Festival (Clifftop, WV) | August 2016
Official Showcases at NERFA and SERFA
Folk Roots Radio, Best Albums of 2015
WYEP Artist of the Year 2014
#2 Debut on National Folk-DJ Charts | October 2014
3 months in Top Ten Rotation on National Folk-DJ Charts | 2014
Folk Alley Listener Poll, Top 50 Albums of 2014
Top Ten Albums of 2014, Cindy Howes at Folk Alley
#6 Song on Roots Music Report in Pennsylvania | November 2014
With Appalachian-inspired harmonies, masterful songwriting, and a sweet old-time sound, The Early Mays bring a deep love of community music-making to regional and national stages. Drawing from musical roots in Indiana, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, they burst on to the folk scene in 2014 with a #2 debut on the National Folk-DJ Charts: an eponymous album born from the ease and joy of singing traditional music together. Most recently, the band appeared on NPR's Mountain Stage, took home the blue ribbon in the Neo-Traditional Band Competition at Clifftop (The Appalachian String Band Music Festival), and hit the #1 position on the folk charts with their latest release, "Chase the Sun."
Emily Pinkerton, Ellen Gozion, and collaborators carry their unique creative voices—and carefully honed craft—with them as they explore American traditional music with the band. Emily weaves folk, classical and world music threads into in her songwriting, and recently released a song cycle for old-time banjo and chamber ensemble (Rounder Songs) on New Amsterdam Records. Ellen is an accomplished ballad singer, accompanist and visual artist; she founded the Pittsburgh Crankie Fest and has taught workshops at the Augusta Heritage Center and throughout the the Mid-Atlantic. The Early Mays’ closest collaborators are Rachel Eddy, a prolific old-time performer, and Nicole Myers a genre-crossing cellist who expands the lush textures of the Mays with rich and rhythmic playing.
In The Early Mays, you won’t find a lead singer. You’ll find a partnership that enjoys lifting up one another’s work, putting the best of themselves into every song. You won’t find harmonies that fall into a clear category—like old-time or bluegrass—but you’ll find yourself transported as you listen. The Early Mays savor the hours spent both on and off stage, and this spirit of warm collaboration shines through all of their performances and recordings.
Somebody recommended them to me and all it took was listening to one or two of the songs that I heard online before I even got their CD and I thought, 'These people are such great singers.' I wasn't even familiar with what great songwriters they were too. They sing some traditional things, they sing some covers and they write some beautiful songs and, as you'll hear, they're fantastic musicians. -- Larry Groce | NPR's Mountain Stage Radio Show
With their Appalachian-inspired tunes, amazing three-part harmonies, flatfooting demo, and unique crankies of mosaic folk art, The Early Mays wowed the packed house (only our second sell-out!). Even I got up and did my own clogging! Audience members loved chatting with Ellen, Emily and Rachel about their songs, instruments and crankies during intermission and after to show. Have them back in a heartbeat. -- Jeff King | Deer Creek Coffeehouse, Darlington, MD
Ethereal beauty with old-time and edge... -- Lee Stivers | Whiskey Rebellion Festival, Washington, PA
NPR's Mountain Stage, Elkins, WV | Appalachian String Band Music Festival, Clifftop, WV | Folk College, Huntingdon, PA | APAP Showcase, New York, NY | Jalopy Theatre, New York, NY | NERFA Official Showcase, Stamford, CT | HOTA (Heart of the Arts) Fest, Titusville, PA | Concerts in the Loft, Morgantown, WV | Friends of Old-Time Music and Dance Concert Series, Charleston, WV | Mountain City Traditional Arts Center, Frostburg, MD | Northern Appalachian Folk Festival, Indiana, PA | Fiddle and Bow Society, Winston-Salem, NC | Deer Creek Coffeehouse Concert Series, Darlington MD | Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering, Huntingdon Township, PA | St. Francis University, Loretto, PA | Four Hour Day Lutherie, Baltimore, MD | The Bop Stop, Cleveland, OH | Whiskey Rebellion Folk Festival, Washington, PA | Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, PA | Chatham University Bluegrass Festival, Pine Township, PA | Unitarian Universalist Metro Area North, Atlanta, GA | First Congregational Church, Kalamazoo, MI | Calliope Concert Series, Pittsburgh, PA | Music and Art at Oak Glen, WV