16th April - The
Moon and You
At its core, The Moon and
You is a charismatic husband-and-wife team. Melissa Hyman plays cello, Ryan
Furstenberg plays guitar and banjo, and both sing in “voices that
sound like they were made for one another” (Bill DeYoung, Connect
Savannah). But whatever you might assume based on their gorgeous vocal blend
and heartfelt lyrics, this ain’t your basic folk duo. With a rotating
cast of talented friends to add unexpected instrumentation to their lineup,
The Moon and You never plays the same show twice. This ever-evolving, expandable
and collapsible model leaves the band constantly reinventing itself in ways
both surprising and satisfying.
Currently calling Asheville,
NC home, Furstenberg and Hyman mix up a fresh blend of influences from very
different backgrounds. Melissa grew up in the NYC area studying classical
cello. Her dad is a professional violinist and formal music instructor,
her mom a fan of 60s folk who loves to host a good old fashioned sing-along.
Ryan was born and raised among the Eastern NC tobacco fields, learning classic
country and 70s rock on harmonica and then guitar. His rich country baritone
and easy Southern style bring an undeniable Americana flavor to the table.
Together, the two form a
sound that is warm and inviting, atmospheric and playful. Each is a well
developed songwriter with a distinctive voice, and their songs range in
style from classic to quirky. Lyrics-driven and intellectual with a keen
ear for arrangement, they make music perfectly suited to a listening room
or a pair of good headphones.
Live on stage they are 100%
themselves: funny, charming and slightly odd; communing with their audiences,
warts and all. Performances evoke joyful eruptions of laughter, occasional
tears, and moments of breathless awe.