Pairdown is David Leicht and Raymond Morin, a fingerstyle guitar duo from Pittsburgh, PA. Their songs reflect a deep well of influences, starting from the early 60s folk and rock scenes on both sides of the Atlantic, through the American Primitive and “Private Press” guitar movements of the 70s, to the modern independent rock era of the 80s to present.
Pairdown has shared stages with Joan Shelley, Nathan Salsburg, Ryley Walker, Jack Rose, Death Vessel, Chuck Johnson, Micah Blue Smaldone, James Elkington, Douglas McCombs, David Daniell, Peter Walker, Glenn Jones, Mountain Man, Noveller, Michael Gulezian, Freakwater, Marisa Anderson, House and Land, John Mueller, Molly Tuttle, Bill MacKay, Daniel Bachman, Alasdair Roberts and many others.
Spring 2019 Dates:
Mar 26 - AMW, Pittsburgh (w/ Rob Noyes & Jon Collin)
May 7 - Dirty Dungarees, Columbus
May 8 - The Hideout, Chicago
May 9 - Cole’s Bar, Chicago (Folkways Happy Hour)
“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
“Pairdown is a quiet, but constant presence in Pittsburgh’s musical landscape. For over 10 years, the duo of David Leicht and Raymond Morin have been dishing out harmonically rich and lyrically potent music, embracing intelligent and practical dissonance, all while sounding out of time.” - David Bernabo