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Modern-folk duo Friction Farm will make their Sundilla debut on Friday, June 3. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Pebble Hill. If weather permits, it will be an outdoor show.
Advance tickets are $15 and can be found at Spicer’s Music, Ross House Coffee and online at sundillamusic.com. Admission at the door will be $20. Free coffee, tea, water and snacks will be available, and if the concert is outdoors, The Chill Spot will be on site selling hot dogs, tacos and frozen treats. Attendees are always welcome to bring their own favorite food or beverage.
Friction Farm is a husband-and-wife team of traveling troubadours. Aidan Quinn and Christine Stay combine storytelling, social commentary and humor to create songs of everyday life, local heroes and quirky observations. Their lyrically rich, harmony-driven songs earned them spots as Kerrville New Folk Finalists, Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists and South Florida Folk Festival Songwriter winners. Friction Farm’s latest album, “Evidence of Hope,” reached No. 10 on the Folk Radio Chart.
Friction Farm said they feel at home on the road and on stage. Audiences lean into their stories, laugh at their humor, are inspired to do a little good in the world and sing along once in a while. That’s easy to do, with songs that have been described as “infectiously hummable tunes” with “intricate harmonies which are reminiscent of 1960s classics with a modern twist.” Perhaps Rich Warren of The Midnight Special puts it best: “Their well-written songs cover a wide gamut, and their delivery is spot-on. They should be much better known.”
Quinn is from Berkeley, California, while Stay hails from Woodstock, New York. When not touring, he does some woodworking and she bakes. They have a big garden and a small orchard at the sustainable home they designed and built in South Carolina. That they bother to garden though away from home half the year tells you all you really need to know about these two. Once upon a time they had the sort of careers their parents could brag about. Quinn has a degree in geology and managed to put people first in his corporate career. Stay was once a materials engineer but much prefers studying the molecular bonds of words and music.
The two also read a lot. Friction Farm released an album of songs inspired by books and, although they don’t plan another, they continue to use books as a source of inspiration. In order to help promote a love of reading and promote literacy among children under age 10, Friction Farm has also written and recorded a collection of songs inspired by children’s books.
For more information, go to www.sundillamusic.com.