Honey Magpie is a four-piece indie-folk band from the Durham, NC area. Their sound is both traditional and modern, blending classical string instruments and three-part harmonies with pop, rock, and indie influences. They released their first album, Honey Magpie, in July 2017.
They began playing together as a band when Rachael Hurwitz (vocals, guitar, keyboard) moved to North Carolina in 2014. She recruited Pippa Hoover (cello, vocals) to fill out her original songs about life, love, and travel. Joe Ristaino (drums, mandolin) and Kati Moore (violin, vocals) joined the band in 2015, completing Honey Magpie’s lineup. Pippa and Kati soon also brought original material to the band, expanding Honey Magpie’s repertoire to include a wide variety of nature-inspired songs as well as some traditional and popular covers.
Honey Magpie has played many venues and festivals around the Triangle area, including the Haw River Festival, the Eno River Festival, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, the Burlington Carousel Festival, the Cat’s Cradle Back Room, the Station, the Local 506, the Cave, the Pour House, Kings Barcade, and Mystery Brewing Company in Hillsborough. The band has also played at the Altamont Theatre in Asheville, the Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival in Oriental, and The Whiskey in Wilmington.
Honey Magpie is a four-piece band from the Triangle whose sound is both traditional and modern, blending classical string instruments and three part harmonies with pop, rock, and indie influences.
PHOTOS & LOGOS
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WHAT OUR FANS SAY
“Love your band! I love your song stories, and the subtleties and nuances in your music.” – Marguerite C.
“The way you tell stories with your songs and instruments requires a lot of talent and skill. Looking forward to hearing you again.” – Terrence B.
“The first band that I saw perform [at the festival] was Honey Magpie, and when I say I went into a nice, comfy zen-like state, I’m not lying. The voices of this indie/folk band probably could have lulled me to sleep if I hadn’t been so bewitched by their lyrics.” – Rebecca Fiely for the Daily Tar Heel
“Chapel Hill’s sweet and understated folk-pop act, Honey Magpie has an emotional pluck that sneaks in undetected until tears and gooseflesh abound.” – Honeysuckle Tea House
“Honey Magpie brought some sweet harmonies to the [Raleigh] Plaza and got our toes tapping.” – Jenkins for Steep In
“Honey Magpie is an indie/folk band sewing a patchwork quilt of warm and folksy three-part harmonies, complex yet catchy string parts, and sweetly layered piano riffs into a flurry of elegant sounds.” – Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival
“Y’all are a good bunch of coconuts.” – Jerry Brown of the Rubber Room Studio
For more information, please use our contact form or email booking [at] honeymagpie [dot] com.