Last Birds is a Folk Americana duo from North Portal, Saskatchewan, Canada, consisting of the husband/wife song-writing team, Lindsay Arnold and Mike Davis. Last Birds 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. 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 instrumentation minimal, their songs hearken to the early days of country folk music while exploring dilemmas of the modern world. Their live, "two voices, two guitars" approach is consistently described by listeners as mesmerizing.
Last Birds’ first single, Worry About It, was released on October 16th, 2020, less than a year after deciding to branch out on their own. The song was well received and featured on syndicated radio programs such as the Americana Music Radio Show with Charles Christian and Folk Roots Radio with Jan Hall. Their second single, Wedding Day, was featured on SiriusXM North Americana's Sunday Service, the Spotify editorial playlist, Folk Unlocked FAI 2021 and CBC Saskatchewan Afternoon Edition with Peter Mills.
Their debut EP, Last Birds (release date April 16, 2021) was completed despite setbacks caused 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 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.
Some highlights of the duo's journey for far include their spotlight showcase with Breakout West at Folk Alliance International's Folk Unlocked in February 2021, performing at FACTOR’s International Women’s Day Event in Regina, SK, and recording a full length SaskTel Max Local on Demand concert. Their home-produced video, Oh, Well: Lockdown Version, was selected for Trinity Square Centre’s Power to the People, an on-line exhibition of protest songs screened in conjunction with Nuit Blanche in Toronto.
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 Saskatchewan Arts 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 love to call the tiny 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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Photo Credits: Durr Photography, Creative City Centre/Mike Scraper
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