Will Orchard & Jess Kerber with Hayley Sabella

Thursday, August 1, 2024

Doors 7PM | Show 8PM
$20 / Members $15

Will Orchard & Jess Kerber with Hayley Sabella

  • Singer/Songwriter

Tickets will be on sale to the public 4/11 at noon. On sale to all Passim members 4/4 at noon.  On sale to All Access Passim members 3/28 at noon.

Will Orchard

  • Singer/Songwriter

Will Orchard is a songwriter from the East Bay of Rhode Island. He began writing songs at a young age, and gradually became a presence in the Providence, RI music scene. He experienced his first artistic self-realization around age 16, and founded his experimental folk project, LittleBoyBigHeadOnBike, upon a mountain of home recorded releases. Inspired by the likes of Sparklehorse, Mount Eerie, and Frankie Cosmos, he became obsessed with prolificacy and fell in love with the process of home recording.

He eventually found his way to Boston, MA’s Berklee College of Music, where he befriended members of indie-rock fixture, The Brazen Youth. He quickly found his way out of Berklee, residing at Ashlawn Farm with The Brazen Youth. It was during this time that he released his most significant projects as LittleBoyBigHeadOnBike, God Damn Wonderland and Big Blue Butterflies, produced by Charlie Dahlke of The Brazen Youth. It was also during this time that Orchard began to tour heavily around the Eastern US, both as a solo act and as a touring bassist for The Brazen Youth.

As he began shifting towards a slightly more Americana-centered sound, Orchard began playing under his own name. His first record as Will Orchard was released in early 2020. A homespun record, Old Friends on the Mountain was recorded in various living spaces in New England, but mixed in Providence, RI by one of Will’s musical heroes, Jeff Prystowsky of The Low Anthem. During the initial phase of the pandemic, Orchard’s first record attracted the attention of Producer Allen Tate of Brooklyn-based band San Fermin. The following record, I Reached My Hand Out was released in May 2021 via San Fermin’s own label, Better Company Records. Utilizing a more synth-laden, but still folk-rock sound, the record featured a full band including singer/songwriter Jess Kerber. The record was eventually followed by a several month-long DIY tour around the entire US and Europe.

2022 saw the release of the Go Home Instead EP, another collaboration with Allen Tate, but also featuring three other members of San Fermin. With string arrangements orchestrated by Ellis Ludwig-Leone and performed by Claire Wellin (Youth in a Roman Field), the instrumentation provided a lush and colorful backdrop for some of Orchard’s most vulnerable and heartfelt lyrics to date. The EP has been praised as “Hush Folk Luminosity” by Glide Magazine and has received attention from numerous other indie music outlets.

Orchard’s latest EP, Learning To Stand was released independently in May 2023, and was followed by tour dates around Europe and the US. He is currently based in Nashville, TN where he resides with his partner and fellow singer/songwriter, Jess Kerber, and their cat, Tahini.

Jess Kerber

  • Folk
  • Singer/Songwriter

Jess Kerber is a 20 year-old singer/songwriter from the Greater New Orleans area, taking influences from the 60s/70s era of folk. With both parents being musicians, from an early age she was exposed to artists such as Joni Mitchell, The Allman Brothers, and Bill Evans.

From self-releasing her debut EP, entitled Falling Forward (shortly after her high school graduation), to being chosen as one of the top ten songwriters to participate in the first Trimble House Songwriting Series in Nashville less than a year later, Jess is putting in as much work and time as possible to be able to continue to form her craft. Jess currently lives in Boston, MA, where she attends Berklee College of Music as the 2018 Lollapalooza full-tuition scholarship recipient; she is currently studying songwriting and music production and engineering. In her music, Jess is consistently striving to write what feels true and to continue to grow upward and on. But mostly, she is working towards exploring all corners of the planet while hopefully, making a change for the better with her words. And also making granola.

Hayley Sabella

  • Folk
  • Singer/Songwriter

Hayley Sabella’s music is just shy of fitting in. Massachusetts-born but Nicaragua-raised, Hayley mixes gripping melodies with honest, intimate lyrics to create sonic landscapes both spare and lush, all delivered with unabashed earnestness. Hayley’s distinct style has led to invitations to support legendary artists including Emmylou Harris, Ry Cooder, and Ryley Walker, to name a few. Her music has garnered acclaim from Rolling Stone Country, Billboard, and The Bluegrass Situation, among other publications.

“What’s unquestionable is Sabella’s songwriting skills and intimate vocal delivery, as evidenced on her second album, Forgive the Birds, a 10-song mix of affecting ballads and hook-heavy uptempo sing-alongs.” -Billboard 

“Sounds like a time-lapse recording of the weather-beaten New England coast – sometimes cold and deadly, other times refreshing and full of life…Hayley Sabella’s folk-tinted Americana captures the duality of the natural world.” -Rolling Stone Country

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