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"East of Shirley" writes and plays songs of the road, of journeys down desert canyons and up remote mountain passes, songs of the soul that blend classic American folk, early rock, blues and roots stylings with the traveling sensibilities of Jack London, Bruce Chatwin, and Peter Matthiessen.

Along the way, "Shirley" focuses mostly on performing original compositions. But any given evening will also find us covering tunes by artists from a broader storytelling landscape, including Bruce Cockburn, Mike Smith, Bessie Smith, Steve Goodman, John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, and Django Reinhardt.

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"Sandia Mountains, New Mexico" - c. 2010 Scott Clark - used by permission

"East of Shirley's" songs tell tales that are deeply personal, sometimes political, always thought-provoking. In 2008, we completed work on our first album, a collection of original pieces called “A Thousand Sarajevos." Selections from that effort are available in the music player to your right.

We're currently at work on our next recording project - "The Empire's Blade."

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Michael Clark - Vocals, acoustic guitars, mandolin, National Steel
Lydia Biasi - Vocals
Tim Langevin - Vocals, acoustic and electric lead guitars
Ed Conley - Percussion

Here are some photos of the band live and in the studio.