Miriam and Field Day
"Music for the sheer pleasure of it... effervescent harmonies and melodic nirvana." - Steve Morse, former critic of 30 years at The Boston Globe
In 2009, when multi-award-winning singer-songwriters Amy Fairchild and Carla Ryder decided to combine their voices and join forces to start a band, Miriam was born. They recruited the coveted multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Andy Santospago, whose music traverses a long and winding road from classical, jazz, acoustic finger style, Latin, bluegrass, folk, and rock. Over the next few years, they would pluck up talented drummer about town Ian McMillan and monster bass player Jeff St. Pierre. The group garnered a loyal following by playing a monthly residency (the last Tuesday of each month at Toad in Porter Square, Cambridge, MA, on a hiatus for the fall 2017) cultivating a sound and creating true alchemy among them. They have been described as a rollickin’ blend of Americana-infused countrified roots-rock. The focus is on the tight harmonies, catchy songs and superb playing. At times playful, at times moody. But mostly it’s boot-stompin,’ lead vocal swappin’, ass-kickin’ fun. Steve Morse, former critic of 30 years at The Boston Globe says, " Music for the sheer pleasure of it... effervescent harmonies and melodic nirvana." They released a cd in May 2015 to a sold out crowd at The Burren in Somerville, MA and are back here on December 7th for a return engagement.
Field Day formed proverbially, in a basement, and unexpectedly, when its members were well into middle age. Joan Anderman was a neophyte, having left her longtime post as rock critic at The Boston Globe and set out to become a songwriter. Her former Globe colleague Dan Zedek, veteran of numerous college bands, was sitting on a stash of songs written in his head while riding the train to work. The band's original drummer John Kehe offered his gear-filled basement for weekend song circles. The chemistry was potent. These songs and these songwriters belonged together. With the addition of bassist Phil Magnifico and drummer Jefferson Riordan, Field Day has become an unlikely upstart on the Boston club scene, playing rock music with scrappy hooks, dreamy harmonies, and irrepressible spirit.