"Reach To Ring" cassette + digital download: https://pairdown.bandcamp.com/album/reach-to-ring
Pairdown is a folk-rock quartet from Pittsburgh, PA. Their songs reflect the interweaving of two fingerpicked acoustic guitars, played by founding members Raymond Morin and David Leicht, as well as the banjo and drums of Sue Powers and Jeff Berman, respectively. The group draws from a deep well of influences, starting from the early 60s folk and rock scenes on both sides of the Atlantic (echoes of Pentangle, The Incredible String Band and even The Grateful Dead can be heard) all the way up through the American Primitive and “Private Press” guitar movements of the 70s and 80s, to what most would recognize as the modern independent rock era of the 80s to the present day.
Spring 2017 Dates:
Apr 18 @ Club Café ("Reach To Ring" release w/ James Hart, Devon Flaherty)
May 28 @ The Glitter Box Theater (w/ John Camp, Sagas)
“Pairdown guides two acoustic guitars through interpretations of tunes from a sprawling folk catalog, with West African and Middle Eastern influences tugging gently against the bedrock of Appalachian reverence and reference. More playful than John Fahey, less technique-driven than Leo Kottke, Pairdown canters through comfortable tunes with assured grace.” - Grayson Currin
"Judging by the black sleeve, weird pseudo-Olde English font, the name Pairdown, and song titles like 'Soon You Will Flourish as a Caterer,' I was hunkering down for some dank basement-brewed caustic backwoods sludge. Imagine my surprise to discover that this is actually very gentle open-tuned acoustic folk that owes way more to Leo Kottke than Eyehategod” - Dusted Magazine