Once a month (or so), I'm bringing you an episode of the Pickathon Pumphouse Series, filmed in the tiny Pumphouse studio on the grounds of the Pickathon music festival in Happy Valley, Oregon, by Live & Breathing. For more on the festival and the series, see this post.
(Special bonus news: The lineup for Pickathon 2016 is officially out! Tickets are on sale.)
Today's episode brings a performance from one of my favorite musical discoveries of the year, the North Carolina duo Mandolin Orange (Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz). I found them through their latest album, Such Jubilee, which I have listened to so much this past year I more or less have it memorized.
It's just simple folk music, two instruments, two voices in harmony, but it's honest, pretty, and catchy as hell — the sing-along album of the year. These are songs you feel like you've always known.
Turns out they've been putting out albums since 2010; this was their fourth. The third, This Side of Jordan, was a big critical hit. I've just gotten into it.
Here they are in Pickathon's tiny Pumphouse, playing their song "Daylight."
And here, just for kicks, is another one, from Pickathon 2014, called "Wake Me."
And here, for extra kicks, is the logo for Pickathon 2016. Maybe I'll see you there.