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Photo by Joep Gottemaker

When The Bird and The Bear perform together people can’t help but take notice.  The husband/wife duo treat every note as an intimate moment; not just between the two of them but with their audience.

Based in Nashville, Tennessee, the duo hail from two different sides of the globe. Mirthe Bolhuis – originally from The Netherlands – traveled to Music City for years, soaking up as much of the vibrant music scene as she could; while Garry Wood moved to Nashville from Wyoming in 2010 to pursue a career as a songwriter. Fatefully, they met one day in the summer of 2011; forming an almost immediate connection and sparking a relationship. In 2013 they wed, cementing their roles as partners in music and life.

Often compared to artists such as The Civil Wars, The Lone Bellow, and Shovels and Rope; the couple also draws comparisons to classic duos like Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, as well as the prolific Johnny and June Carter Cash. Their live performances are a balancing act; acoustic music with an electric energy. They always manage to captivate an audience with their harmony-driven folk music. Their musical themes come straight out of personal experience, with original songs such as “Sleep Alone” – an ode to the hardships of a long-distance relationship – to renditions of songs like Bob Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay” – performed with an authentic sentiment only two young lovers could bring.


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