Banshee Tree - Firefly Handmade Featured Musician
At the heart of any good party is some really great music. Firefly Handmade Holiday Market is the only party this year that can’t be missed! Not only will we be delivering the best in handmade goods, but we’ll be ready to rock with another great performance by Banshee Tree! Described as “a surprisingly original and enticing mix of gypsy jazz, folk pop and swing,” Banshee Tree’s music belongs in a class all its own. This local band is soon to release an album and you’ll be thanking your lucky stars that you got a first-row seat at our Holiday Market!
How did you begin your musical journey?
We met in 2011, when we began traveling the country street performing and really enjoyed playing on Pearl Street in Boulder. In 2013, we moved our permanent home from Upstate New York to Boulder, Colorado. Since then we have been making recordings, hosting swing dances, and residing in the mountains.
Are most of you classically trained musicians or self-taught?
Jason Bertone, Thomas Lafond, and Michelle Pietrafitta all studied performing arts in college while Nick Carter has no formal training. Nobody in the band studied music specifically in school but we are always taking lessons from advanced and experienced musicians. It’s important to always be learning
What artists are your biggest influence?
There are so many! Artists that immediately come to mind: Tom Waits, Django Reinhardt, Thundercat, Caravan Palace and D'angelo.
Where does inspiration come from?
We’re inspired by a variety of styles of music. More specifically we’re influenced by New Orleans jazz, 40's Swing, Romani music, blues, and electronic. We love music that pushes the envelope of what is possible stylistically and technically.
What excites you for the future?
Our set consists of a lot of traditional styles such as swing, blues, and folk, but we have a lot of fun creating our own genres. One of our favorites is a juxtaposition of swing against a hip-hop feel. It’s important to us to create original music with full textures and a large range of style. We look forward to sharing our own creations.
Any advice for aspiring creatives?
Stay inspired and always have a well of ideas to draw from. If you ever hit an internal plateau, find artists that get your creative juices flowing and study them as much as possible. Keep creating, even if you don't use everything you create. These things may someday evolve into something wonderful.
Any new albums, shows or events on the horizon?
We are actively working on an album now. It’s a lot of work, but been a dream of ours for quite some time. Our first release is available now on Itunes, Spotify and Bandcamp. Be sure to download it today!
Why are you proud to be the featured musician at the Firefly Handmade Holiday Market?
We’re so happy to work with Firefly as it’s a perfect venue for our unique acoustics. The live audience is always so supportive and energetic. Firefly is a major lifeline for the artistic community and it’s an honor to be involved.
Banshee tree joins us at the Firefly Handmade Holiday Market, Saturday, December 16 and Sunday, December 17 from 10am-5pm at the NEW Embassy Suites Hotel Boulder, 2601 Canyon Boulder. In the meantime, you can stay informed of their upcoming performance dates here: