Abiding by a love for adventure, Corner House finds purpose and solace in the beauty of earth and music. Clinging whole heartedly to studied traditions, the Boston based band tends to write and arrange music liberally comprised of Irish, Scottish, Appalachian Stringband, and Bluegrass influences. The singular roots music scene of Boston, MA has long been a destination for musicians seeking level footing to build upon. On winter eves most suited for warm tea and blankets, Ethan Hawkins (guitar), Louise Bichan (fiddle), Ethan Setiawan (mandolin), found a musical home in one another. In the autumn of 2017, Corner House debuted at FreshGrass Festival in North Adams, MA, before recording an EP and touring Scotland the following year. Returning from overseas, the three found the illustrious cellist, Casey Murray, living just down the street and invited the contra-dance influenced player to join the fold. Smart Folks (release date: September 13th, 2019) is the first EP from Corner House that includes Casey Murray on cello and clawhammer banjo, and the second overall from the group. With four originals from the group and two contemporary Irish numbers, the EP is a diverse mix of sounds and textures, songs and tunes. The first cut, a collection of Irish slip jigs (Farewell to Whaley Range and Soggy’s Slip Jig) combines swirling melody and counterpoint. Following that is one of two Hawkins-penned tunes on the recording. Happy Now is a musing on family and depression, brought to life by the band. The title track, Smart Folks, penned by Setiawan, works with odd phrase lengths and a singing melody to create a unique profile, characteristic to his writing. The album closes with a banjo tune by Murray. Through the Snow-Covered Pines evokes the Appalachian stringband side of the band, finishing the album on an uplifting note. The tunes and songs that make up Smart Folks came to be over a period of several months, before being committed to recordings in March 2019. After the writing process, the whole band sits down with the music, and every voice is vital to the final product. This collection of tunes is a bright introduction to Corner House, with the promise of much more to come.
“Corner House’s music is thoughtful and inspired...points straight in the direction of where roots music is headed, and it’s a great and bright destination.” - Bruce Molsky
“These fine musicians and lovely people think about each note they make and it comes together in something bigger. Simply beautiful music.” - Maeve Gilchrist
“...expertly played instruments and beautifully arranged vocal harmonies. Lilting, high flying and leaving a flutter in your chest.” - Red Line Roots
“It’s warm, beautiful, and earthly, and feels like it comes straight from the soul.” - Divide and Conquer
April 28th 2019 We are heading out on tour again! This time, we're headed West, working our way up and down the beautiful west coast, starting in the San Francisco Bay area and headed up to Olympia, Washington and back. Click here for all the info:
July 3rd 2018 We had such a brilliant tour of Scotland! Thank you to everyone who put us up, fed us, sponsored the tour, came to hear us and made it such a fun time. Head over to the WATCH page to see our tour videos, or find us on youtube. Thank you Scotland, we will be back!
You can now buy our EP in both digital and physical form!
May 30th 2018 We are releasing an EP! Our first CD will be out on the 8th June 2018, in time for our tour of Scotland. You can pre-order it on Bandcamp just now, or come along to our Scottish gigs to pick up a physical copy. Hooray!!
May 2018 We are over the moon to announce our first tour as a band: we're headed for Scotland this June! We've got some great shows lined up and we are so grateful to our generous sponsors, who have helped to make it all happen: Loganair, S&JD Robertson Group Ltd, Highland Park, Pentland Ferries, The Brig Larder, Kirkness & Gorie, The Longship, Hair & Beauty at Salon 7, The Deerness Distillery and Orkney Ferries.