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 (echoes of Pentangle, The Incredible String Band and even The Grateful Dead can be heard), through the American Primitive and “Private Press” guitar movements of the 70s and 80s, to the modern independent rock era of the 80s to present.
Pairdown has shared stages with Joan Shelley, Nathan Salsburg, Ryley Walker, Jack Rose, Chuck Johnson, Micah Blue Smaldone, James Elkington, Douglas McCombs, David Daniell, Death Vessel, Peter Walker, Glenn Jones, Mountain Man, Noveller, Michael Gulezian, Freakwater, Marisa Anderson, House and Land, Andreas Kapsalis, Molly Tuttle, Adrian Legg and many more.
Jan 16 @ The Glitterbox Theater (Raymond & Devon's "String-A-Long")
Jan 20 @ Carnegie Lecture Hall (w/ Molly Tuttle)
Apr 01 @ 5201 Penn Avenue (w/ Wandering Shade, AppalAsia)
Jul 31 @ Club Café (w/ Kath Bloom)
Oct 13 @ Club Café (w/ Bill MacKay)
“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