Join us for an evening of folk rock from this Connecticut-based quintet. With a love of people and storytelling, audiences will be captivated by their Americana sound and creative lyrics.
Parsonsfield (formerly Poor Old Shine) is a roots band with a grassroots ethos. The quintet prizes the human element that underpins their music, from songwriting to recording to album design and even choice of record label: Poor Old Shine releases its self-titled debut studio LP, recorded with Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Joy Kills Sorrow), Nov. 5 on Signature Sounds.
“You can’t have music without people, whether it’s electronic music or Delta blues,” singer and banjo player Chris Freeman says. “The people behind it are really important, and we always want to make sure that everything we do feels handcrafted and pure.”
Purity is subject to interpretation, of course, but the term certainly describes the band’s motives. Formed at the University of Connecticut, where Freeman met banjo and mandolin player Antonio Alcorn in a folk music club on campus, an early version of Poor Old Shine landed its first gig—opening for a friend’s band at the legendary New Haven club Toad’s Place—before the musicians had even decided what to call themselves. “We came up with our name a few hours before the show,” Freeman says. “It was a lot of fun and we figured, we might as well get another gig, and it went on like that for another year or so.”
Poor Old Shine’s LP is one of the most exciting roots albums of the year, from a self-assured young band that’s just now hitting its stride—and worked hard to get there. “The last two years feel very surreal and it’s hard to imagine what will come next,” Freeman says. “We’re just really excited by the opportunities we’ve had and the artists we’ve gotten to meet. We just want to keep living this dream.”
Poor Old Shine performs their song “Weeds or Wild Flowers” by the water.
Watch Poor Old Shine’s rendition of “The Hurry All Around”.