Bird Courage is an experimental folk trio formed over the last two years in Brooklyn, NY. Having met in various cellars, subway tunnels and other non-conventional performance spaces, songwriters Erik Meier, Samuel Saffery, and Sean McMahon have built a fan base on multiple platforms in NYC and surrounding states. Listeners are transported by their otherworldly-earthly, yet distinctly minimalist, sounds: lilting and passionate 3-part vocal harmonies that rise and ebb like mist and ocean waves; finger-picked guitar like autumn leaves, flecked with xylophone dewdrops, descending in a twirling dance; the sudden burst, then disappearance, of a stampeding drum. Their fan base has continued to grow and allowed them to explore cities throughout the Northeast and the South.
Remaining fully independent since forming, the band self-funded their debut EP ‘A Promising Flee’ with Studio G Brooklyn in 2012. Their first full-length album entitled ‘Māia Manu’ was the product of a successful Kickstarter campaign. It was also recorded and mixed at Studio G Brooklyn and released on August 30, 2013.
As well as playing many of NYC’s premiere venues (Rockwood Music Hall, Cameo Gallery, Gramercy Theatre, The Rock Shop, Pete’s Candy Store to name a few) Bird Courage has also been invited to play at special events such as Boston Arts Festival, The Last Weekend Festival, New York’s Roof Top Film Festival, Sleep No More at The McKittrick Hotel, and a month-long residency at Ace Hotel in NYC.
Additionally, Bird Courage supported Kyp Malone and Monogold at The Autumn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY in 2012 and was chosen by Brooklyn Brewery in 2013 to perform and promote the brewery in North Carolina.