Honey Magpie is a four-piece indie-folk band from the Durham, NC area. Their sound is both traditional and modern, blending old-time string instruments and three-part harmonies with pop, rock, and indie influences.
They began playing together as a band when Rachael Hurwitz (vocals, guitar, keyboard) moved to North Carolina in 2014. She recruited Pippa Hoover (cello, vocals) to fill out her original songs about life, love, and travel. Joe Ristaino (drums, mandolin) and Kati Moore (violin, vocals) joined the band in 2015, completing Honey Magpie’s lineup. Pippa and Kati soon also brought original material to the band, expanding Honey Magpie’s repertoire to include a wide variety of nature-inspired songs as well as some traditional and popular covers.
Honey Magpie has played many venues and festivals around the Triangle area, including the Haw River Festival, the Eno River Festival, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, the Burlington Carousel Festival, the Cat’s Cradle Back Room, the Station, the Local 506, the Cave, the Pour House, Kings Barcade, and Mystery Brewing Company in Hillsborough. The band has also played at the Altamont Theatre in Asheville, the Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival in Oriental, and The Whiskey in Wilmington.
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