Sister Sparrow | photo by Makena Duffy for WXPN
XPN Fest Recap: Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds bring sunshine and soul to the waterfront
Backed by her seven-piece band The Dirty Birds, Sister Sparrow brought a dose of swingin’, soulful sounds to the River Stage this afternoon. Arleigh Kincheloe is the singer-songwriter behind the high-energy project, which blends classic brass band sounds with contemporary pop influences for a timeless sound. The Brooklyn-based collective released their fourth album Gold last year, and came prepared to cool off the sun-drenched crowd with the new tunes.
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds kept the mood bright throughout their eight-song set, pausing only to introduce the members of the power-packed band, which includes sax, trumpet, and Kincheloe’s brother Jackson on harmonica. The spirited and charismatic bandleader has spent a lot of time building her signature sound, and her skill as a songwriter and performer shines through with each powerfully belted song and unwavering energy. Today’s set was consistently lively, with each funky, foot-stomping track blending right into the next as Kincheloe led the crowd to clap along to her tambourine. Revisit the set with the photos and audio below.
Can’t Get You off my Mind
Don’t Be Jealous
Tell Me What it Is