About Last Birds
With haunting harmonies and intricate guitar work, Last Birds’ music is steeped in early country folk yet reflective of modern life. Using their small Canadian prairie town as a backdrop, Mike Davis and Lindsay Arnold weave together rural legends and current day experiences to form a modern prairie gothic. Their songs veer away from overly romanticized views of small town life to peer into the dark corners of the local bar, peek in the windows of the abandoned house down the street and pine for something or someone beyond the veil. Their two voices, two guitars approach to live performances creates a storytelling experience sure to silence the room.
The duo was nominated for multiple awards in 2021 and 2022, including a Saskatchewan Music Award for Roots/Folk Artist of the year as well as Saskatchewan Country Music Association’s Group and Alternative Country Album of the Year. Their debut EP, released in April 2021, was well received and reached #1 on Kansas Public Radio while spending several weeks on the Roots Music Report charts for Top Folk Album and Top Canadian Folk Album.
Mike and Lindsay will be releasing their first full length album, Endless Turn of Day into Night, in October 2023. The recordings are simple and direct, featuring the couple’s mesmerizing vocal harmonies. The lyrics are often sparse, leaving space for Davis’ compelling guitar solos. The duo creates a dynamic sound listeners will be surprised to discover is the work of only two musicians.
Last Birds live in the tiny village of North Portal, Saskatchewan with their young daughter in a house they built with their own hands.
“This is a great album – it has strong songwriting, gorgeous harmonies, incredible guitar playing and a feeling this duo worked really hard to get it to sound so intimate and immersive that in the end you want to snuggle up to it.” - Paul Russell
“There’s an intimacy in the recording and an expressiveness in the acoustic guitar that works really well. In fact, they’re kind of a combination of the Civil Wars and a lot of the haunting chord work that makes the Milk Carton Kids so popular. This is an incredible band with an intriguing, intimate recording style.”
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"Last Birds, with their close harmonies and folksy vibe, were a clear highlight of the Chester Fest weekend."
Scott Roos, Prince Albert Herald, July 13, 2022 Chester Fest didn't miss a beat upon return to Prince Albert
The Prairie Town Basement Sessions March 27,2022
"You walked into 2021 with an amazing live performance for the Saskatchewan Music Awards."
Pulse Music Journal: 033 It's Almost Second Nature for Last Birds First EP; April 13, 2021
"There is a kind of genuineness that emerges in the Last Birds' songs, born of an authentic life on the prairie."