Homegrown and haunting, Kelly McFarling’s voice spirals powerfully over a bed of oldtimey instrumentation. She is from Atlanta GA, where she learned to sing in church choirs and baseball stadiums, and she learned to write from the stories of Flannery O’ Conner and Toni Morrison. She has since wandered out to the West coast where she can be found in the back rooms of San Francisco bars Banjo plucking and singing Siren songs dubbed ‘original rhythm and bluegrass.’ Her music is inspired by hard truths and transitions with bold honest lyrics and sophisticated melodies that remain with you long after the song if over. Mcfarling’s outgoing and adventurous spirit comes through in her lyrics, her live performances, and in the music’s indulgence in elements outside its clear influences of country, oldtime, folk and blues. Using a melodic and percussive clawhammer banjo to accompany her rich powerful vocals, she pays homage to her southern roots while giving them a new home in her original sound. Her live shows are versatile and have earned her a loyal and rapidly growing fan base in the San Francisco Bay Area. She performs in intimate solo house concerts, and fills rock clubs with the big sound of her four -piece band, featuring rich upright bass, soulful sliding guitar and perfectly placed percussion. Songs to be taken whole heartedly, preferably outside of the shirt on sleeves The grass is blue, the moon is shiny. Drink up Darlin, its homebrew.–
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Con Brio and The Songbird Festival Present:
Music to Freak to A Monthly Saturday Night Soulstice
853 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
21 and Over
Event – 8 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.