Drawing from the sounds of Appalachia and Midwestern Americana, Palmyra captures the collective spirit of three Virginia natives, Manoa (he/him), Sasha (they/them), and Teddy (he/him). With an ever-expanding sonic palette, Palmyra’s live set explores the fusion of traditional folk string instruments, three part harmonies and foot percussion. The burgeoning trio sounds like a distant cousin of the progressive folk band, Punch Brothers, mixed with elements of Fleet Foxes or the Avett Brothers. Palmyra’s songs are intimate and contemplative, with three-part vocal arrangements that allow them to create the illusion of a full, larger-than-three ensemble. Palmyra met in the Shenandoah Valley, which is incredibly apparent through their stirring craftsmanship and dedication to create a folk-driven, innovative experience through their live performances.
In their own words: “Music has always seemed like a very personalized connection to me. I feel the emotion in music others have written and think “wow this is exactly how I’m feeling or how I’ve felt before, or I’ve never felt that but can imagine” Emotions and the human experience have always fueled my songwriting.
In the past year I have openly talked about my struggles with alcohol abuse, anxiety, and depression. While the pandemic has been utterly terrifying, it has also been completely freeing. For the first time in my life I am accepting myself fully. I am embracing all of the dark and ugly parts of my brain.
In my forthcoming self-titled EP I invite change, stand up to my blackout drunk persona, realize the crushing power of shame, and process a painful breakup. It’s my debut in the indie folk genre and strays from my previously Americana/country repertoire.
Making a new home in Durham, I feel like I have found my place in the world. I plan to keep creating, growing as a human, and sharing my journey in the hopes of empowering others.”