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The Barn Swallows call their particular sound "Country-Folk Bluegrass-Pop". Their music is soothing and spacious, drawing the listener in with bright and intriguing dobro and guitar work, and lyrics that are deceptively simple, yet profoundly poetic.

Sandy Pluta's soaring dobro, along with her voice lend an authenticity to the Barn Swallows' rootsy approach to the music. Hailing from Western PA in the foothills of the Appalachia Mountains, Sandy's sound is solidly grounded in the gritty red clay of Appalachia, yet the honky-tonks of Tennessee, and the windy skies of Texas, resonate as well. Her deeply personal songs explore the disappointments and yearnings of relationships in a simple, direct manner. Sandy is also quite active with Musicians on Call, bringing her music to cheer children and adults in Philadelphia hospitals.

Matthew Gordon's guitar work and smooth vocal harmonies perfectly complement Sandy's sound, providing dynamics and strength to the music in carefully measured doses. Matthew's originals tend to involve tales of engaging characters and adventures, and explorations of the variety of feelings captured in a single moment of time.

They appear frequently as a trio, with Ron Greenstein (from Tom Paxton's band, the Chad Mitchell Trio, the Lewis Brothers, and the Travis Wetzel Trio) holding down the stand-up bass duties. They are also occasionally joined onstage by additional players on violin, and/or accordion, and.or banjo.

The Barn Swallows (read about the name here) have absorbed the influences of many artists such as Hank Williams, the Stanley Brothers, the Carter Family, the Grateful Dead, Johnny Cash, the Byrds, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, and Patty Griffin. Their musical results have been compared to John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Paul Simon, the Avett Brothers, and Gillian Welch. They have been received well by audiences ranging from small listening rooms to large festivals, and many bars, coffehouses, private parties, weddings, wineries, and clubs in between.

 

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