Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

NYC Band to Bring New Soul to Clay Center Series

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

NYC Band to Bring New Soul to Clay Center Series

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Sound Check Sessions presents Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday WHERE: Clay Center TICKETS: $20 INFO: 304- 561-3570 or

Those old rock 'n' roll stories of people running off to the big city to start a band aren't quite dead. It still happens.

Arleigh and Jackson Kincheloe of Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds are one of those stories.

The siblings, who perform with their band Friday night at the Clay Center for the Sound Check Sessions series, were both in college when they decided to drop out and take a stab at starting a band in New York City.

They didn't really have to go too far. Arleigh was at Marymount Manhattan College studying musical theater.

"I have no idea what I was thinking, the 25-year-old singer/ songwriter laughed.

Her older brother, Jackson, was in his third year at SUNY New Paltz.

"I don't know what he was studying, she admitted. "I think he was playing a lot of tennis and drinking beer.

So, at 18 and still in her first year, she and her brother moved to New York, where they tried to navigate their way into the city's huge and diverse music scene.

Even though there was a lot of music going on, becoming a part of it didn't happen overnight.

"It took us a little while to get our feet on the ground, she said.

But they originally formed a band with their cousin, Bram, on drums.

"He and some of his friends helped us put together the rest of the band, Kincheloe said.

Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds caught a break early on. With not a lot of rehearsal, the blues, funk and soul group played their first real show in 2009 at the Rockwood Music Hall on the lower east side of Manhattan.

"After that first gig, they offered us a residency, she said. "We could come back and play once a week. It was a really big break and we gained a lot of momentum really quickly. We owe it all to them.

The hall, which has seen Lady Gaga and Mumford and Sons play their stages, wasn't just good exposure. It was a commitment.

"We had to rehearse enough and learn enough songs to keep the band going, to keep that show going, she said. "We were really lucky. …

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