Wire in the Wood is a prog-bluegrass locomotive pulling a lonesome psych-folk boxcar and a swingin' Hot-Club caboose. Billy Kirst's drama-infused original compositions meld with an eclectic selection of traditional swing and folk covers to create the tracks for a kinetic cross-genre train. In the tradition of improvisational music, each performance seizes the moment, with detours and derailments around every bend.
Consisting of Billy Kirst (vocals, guitar), Jordan Adema (violin), Ryan Shea (bass, vocals), and Michael Spaly (mandolin, vocals). Wire in the Wood has haunted string-band venues large and small throughout Michigan over the last decade, including the Ark, Earthwork Harvest Gathering, Holler Fest, and the Founders Taproom. Their debut album All Fall Apart was released in 2017.
A story of love: fragile, maybe broken, but always present, with all of its richness, elation, bitterness, and despair. From the title track’s “seeing everyone as sisters and brothers” to the dream in The King and Queen of a couple weaving “the threads of our blessed souls” to the meditation on being that is Raindrops in a Cartoon Sunrise, All Fall Apart declares that everything we hold is ephemeral, and that which is eternal, is love.
“Madison” on local radio show Tree Town Sound, August 7, 2016
“Anomalous Magnetic Moment” at Water Hill Music Fest, May 7, 2017
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“Wire in the Wood’s ‘All Fall Apart’ Debut Album Moves Full Steam Ahead”
The Stratton Setlist, March 26, 2017
“Wire in the Wood at Wolverine State Brewing Co.”
The Ann Arbor News, January 23, 2013