Uncle Bonsai

Speaking of Uncle Bonsai in the Seattle Times, Michael Upchurch said "... if there were an Ella Fitzgerald Award for Exquisite Elocution in Song, they would surely get it." and "These are nicely edgy, sour-sweet songs, written for grown-ups.” Seattle super-harmonizers UNCLE BONSAI are the Tim Burtons of folk music – dark and hilarious, but with moments of great insight and beauty. With three strong voices and a guitar, Bonsai presents an often dizzying vocal relay of intricate harmony. The trio aligns itself with the underachiever, the dejected, the outsider. Their densely-packed lyrics fly by in a whirr at times, and take a skewed stance on topics such as first-world problems, jobs for America, the creation of the universe, the afterlife, and, whoa!, holidays with family. A little like Stephen Sondheim linking arms with Tom Lehrer with harmonies by the Beatles. Or like Zappa in therapy with Peter, Paul and Mary. Uncle Bonsai’s recent releases include The Grim Parade (2010) and a bedtime book/CD for grown-ups, "Monsters in the Closet / Go to Sleep" -- two tauntingly twisted tales for tormented parents (2013). An Associated Press story said "The group has achieved an almost cult status...their music ranges from irreverent to ironic, from satirical to sad. And despite the folk tag, their music defies categorization as it incorporates elements of jazz, pop, Broadway, reggae, and classical." We are thrilled to have them back this year at the Moisture Festival.
 

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