Crystal Bright

Award winning singer/songwriter, ethnomusicologist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, Crystal Bright, has played over 750 shows from Canada to San Diego, Florida to Seattle over the past 7 years. Bright performed with the North Carolina Symphony in 2011 on an arrangement of her song "Toy Hammer," and has performed at various festivals around the country (SXSW, Savannah Stopover, FloydFest, Dragon Con, Midpoint Music Fest, The Steampunk World's Fair, Shakori Hills, and many others.) She took Runner Up for On the Rise at Floydfest 2013 for a return set in 2014, and was named Best Singer in 2012, Best Songwriter in 2014, and Best Musician in the Triad in 2015 by Greensboro's Yes Weekly.

Bright has an eclectic, haunting but yet whimsical, carnivalesque world folk sound, dubbed "kaleidophrenic cabaret." She plays accordion, musical saw, concertina, piano, Taiko drum, adungu (Ugandan harp), and various others, leaving people captivated with her operatic & soulful vocals and virtuoso command of her exotic instruments.

Her most recent album was a collaboration with her guitar player Jeremy Haire and was recorded with Mitch Easter at the Fidelitorium. It will be released in November. The previous albums (a visual collaboration with DividingMe Photography, The Absolute Elsewhere (Jan. 2015) as well as Muses and Bones (2012)) received press and glowing reviews in the US & Europe, as well as radio airplay in the US, UK, & Canada, including NPR and BBC appearances.

RIYL: Kate Bush, Dresden Dolls, Beirut, Tom Waits, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Decemberists, Danny Elfman/Tim Burton, Yann Tiersen, folktales, ethnomusicology, musical saws, accordions.