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Genre: Country, Folk

Website: http://http://www.theraftersband.com

MP3 (click name to download; click player to stream):
Breathing Room




The Rafters are Dave Fitzgibbons and Miki Bryan a husband and wife duo. Their music focuses on melody and lyrics over a blend of pop/folk influences. Their songs are snap shots into their lives, their loves, and those things which make us all human. Themes can range from fears for a brother going off to war, dealing with a loved ones difficult medical news, to learning the beauty of a growing family. Running through and tying the music together are the threads of hope.

Meeting in college at UMASS Lowell some 20 years ago, they had a few things to take care of before coming together musically. Date for 7 years, get married (13 years and going…), buy a house, have a kid, start a band, have more kids… They love music and still like CDs and the artwork more than MP3s. If albums were around that would be even better. They have gone to 100’s of concerts together, from Barry Manilow to Lori McKenna, the Neighborhoods to Bon Jovi, Ani, Wheat, U2, friends shows, and of course the Indigo Girls (70+ shows alone!)
They have opened for such National acts as The Laws, Michelle Malone and Lori Mckenna. The Rafters played the Main Stage at the Wachusett Valley Folk Festival headlined by Gandalf Murphy and John Gorka. Acoustic for Autism added “Every Mile” to the A4A compilation. Other contributing artists included Chris Trapper (Push Stars), Kris Delmhorst and Elizabeth Lorrey. They have played the Lowell Folk Fesitval, Headlined the prestigious Bull Run in Shirley, MA, and the Wachusett Music series. Had the honor of kicking off Boston’s Pride 2011. Most recently The Rafters were chosen as the featured music artist on the NECN Morning show sound track segment for the week of March 13th 2012. This summer they had the honor of playing mainstage at the Wachusett Valley Folk Festival 2012 headlined by Joan Osborne. A highlight was sharing the stage in an encore set with Joan and John Gorka.

They released a CD in 2007 “The Rafters” working with famed producer Lorne Entress and in August of 2009 completed their second CD “With the Sun” which was mastered by Grammy award winning engineer Mark Donahue. They record their songs in the basement between the noise of the furnace, running water, and the kids. On December 1, 2012 released their third CD Breathing Room to a sold out crowd. The Rafters are currently ramping up shows to promote their new album and will be nestling in this January to work on some new songs. 2013 is looking like an exciting year.