Newton Kansan

HESSTON —They have strayed away from home —Lancaster County, Pa. — to make music. This January the Stray Birds will fly into the Prairie Window Concert Series at Dyck Arboretum of Hesston.

Their most recent album, Echo Sessions, was recently named one of the top 20 Folk Albums of 2013 on the Folk Alley Listener Poll.

The group will play at 4 p.m. Jan. 12 at Dyck Arboretum as part of the Prairie Window Concert Series. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children. Dyck Arboretum members receive a 10 percent discount - $18/$9. For tickets call Dyck Arboretum at (620) 327-8127. In addition to  acoustic music, the Prairie Window Concert Series provides appetizers and desserts for during intermission. The menu will include Morning Harvest Farm signature chili, popovers with mascarpone/blueberry filling, mulled cranberry tea and coffee.

The band was formed in January 2010 by Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven, recording a short album that year.

Hailing from southeastern Pennsylvania, The Stray Birds have crafted a sound that draws upon the richness of American folk music traditions. Multi-instrumentalists, the signature of their sound lies in songwriting that soars in three-part harmony.

Maya de Vitry grew up with one foot firmly planted in old-time music festival dirt and the other on stage with symphony orchestras. She has traveled across North America and Europe as a street musician, and now brings a fiddle, a banjo, a guitar, a compelling voice, and award-winning songwriting to The Stray Birds.

Also a classically-trained violinist, Oliver Craven has spent the past four years lending his talents on the fiddle, mandolin, and guitar to stages across North America in various acoustic outfits. The Stray Birds feature Craven’s arresting original songs and vocals.

A classically-trained bassist who now artfully dances between a myriad of styles, Charles Joseph Muench brings his unshakeable groove and powerful vocals to The Stray Birds. He can also be found playing the banjo at breakfast.

For more about their music, or to see video of the group, visit online.

For more information on the Prairie Window Concert Series, visit