Thursday, June 16, 2011

Parkington Sisters bring folk charm to Duke Gardens

All photos by Kevin Norris
The five sisters that make up the the Cape Cod quartet the Parkington Sisters came straight from the Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, Tenn., to perform at Duke Gardens in Durham on Wednesday evening.

The quintet was greeted by a warm crowd and downright pleasant weather for the Triangle in mid-June. They flowed through a set of easy going tunes that blended folk, pop and classical music, featuring up to four simultaneous string players during some songs.

The sisters swapped lead vocal duties on the songs, and they each sounded great, but when the group truly commanded attention when combining their voices into four- and five-part harmonies. Highlights of the set included "Geese," "Eagle and the Wolf" and "Skeleton" from their latest album Till Voices Wake Us.

They closed the show with a pair of crowd pleasing closers, a groovy version of Radiohead's "There There" followed by a nice version of one of the most covered songs ever, "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen.

As the sun set, the band returned for a single song encore, The Shirelles' classic "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow." It was a fantastic close to the easy-going outdoor set.

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