Formed in the small community of Fillmore, New York by songwriting brothers Matthew and Nathan Corrigan, Tough Old Bird plays a potent blend of authentic folk and blues that reflects the rural landscape it comes from, a place where the last train just pulled out and the carnival is always on its way to the next town.
Since its formation in 2013, Tough Old Bird has taken its music to bars, festivals, coffee shops, music clubs and radio stations all over the Eastern United States. Tough Old Bird’s debut album, “Never To Return,” was released on April 29th 2014, and was followed a year later by “The Barn Sessions,” a 7-song EP recorded live in a single afternoon. The band released its second full-length album, “Gambling Days,” on January 22, 2016. The new album brings a more focused approach to songwriting and a newly expanded lineup featuring drums and upright bass.
The core of Tough Old Bird’s sound comes from Matthew Corrigan’s intricate acoustic guitar work, and from the voice and nimble harmonica playing of Nathan Corrigan, who holds a degree in literature and brings a poetic sensibility to the duo’s lyrics. Accents of accordion and waves of electric guitar give Tough Old Bird a sound that is at once modern and ancient.