Last Birds is a Folk – Americana duo consisting of the husband/wife song-writing team, Lindsay Arnold and Mike Davis. This new project follows their success with the Saskatchewan folk group, Hook & Nail, which includes a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for New/Emerging Artist of the Year in 2020 and reaching #4 on the SaskMusic’s Best Saskatchewan Albums of 2018 list. Over the past two years Mike and Lindsay have been writing songs together that focus on close vocal harmonies and interwoven acoustic guitars, taking advantage of the musical intimacy possible in a spouse duo. Keeping the instrumentation minimal, their songs hearken to the early days of country folk music while exploring dilemmas of the modern world. The result is a sound consistently described by listeners as mesmerising.
After officially forming Last Birds in November 2019, Mike and Lindsay were quick to start recording. Less than a year after deciding to branch out on their own, the couple completed their first EP, despite the process being stalled by the COVID-19 pandemic. Working with producer, Brad Prosko, and percussionist, Jayson Brinkworth, they recorded the guitar and percussion tracks at Touchwood Studios in Regina, SK before the pandemic hit North America. Unable to return to the studio, Mike and Lindsay recorded their vocals at the Days Inn in Estevan, SK. Using adjoining hotel rooms and a portable rig, they were able to maintain social distance while working with Brad to finish the EP. The first single from the album. Worry About It, will be released October 16th, 2020. The EP is tentatively scheduled for release in February 2021. (COVID-19 pending)
Some might think that living in a remote prairie town of 115 people would hamper a music career. Mike and Lindsay are poised to prove that theory wrong by pursuing every possible opportunity despite geographical distance and a global pandemic. Some highlights of their journey in 2020 include performing at FACTOR’s International Women’s Day Event in Regina, SK, live-streaming a performance hosted by SaskMusic and CBC Sask, and recording a SaskTel Max Local on Demand concert. Their home-produced video, Oh, Well: Lockdown Version, was selected for Trinity Square Centre’s Protest Songs exhibition which features an outdoor screening in downtown Toronto in September 2020. The project is an example of Last Birds’ visual-art-meets-music approach to creative endeavors.
Lindsay Arnold is a visual artist, filmmaker, songwriter and musician. Her paintings, drawings and videos regarding the female experience have been exhibited internationally. Her work is in the collection of the Saskatchewan Arts Board and private collections around the world. Mike Davis is a song-writer and musician, playing acoustic and electric guitar. Working as a musician since the age of 16, Mike has a wealth of live performance experience. His ability to develop engaging acoustic guitar riffs secured the opportunity for Hook & Nail to create the music for a SaskTel commercial in 2019.
Last Birds call the village of North Portal, Saskatchewan home. They live with their young daughter in a house they built with their own hands. Mike and Lindsay are small town people with big hearts and a taste for big city restaurants.
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