Meg Baird is an American musician based in San Francisco, California, United States, who, in addition to her solo career, is known as a founding member and the lead female vocalist of Philadelphia psychedelic folk rock band Espers. Most recently, she be...
Meg Baird is an American musician based in San Francisco, California, United States, who, in addition to her solo career, is known as a founding member and the lead female vocalist of Philadelphia psychedelic folk rock band Espers. Most recently, she became a founding member, lead vocalist, and drummer for Heron Oblivion, along with members from Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound and Comets on Fire.
Originally from New Jersey, United States, Baird's family history is based in the folk tradition: Baird is the great-great niece of Isaac Garfield "I.G." Greer, a historian and Appalachian folk singer born in 1881. His inclusion on one of the earliest albums issued by the Archive of Folk Culture in the Library of Congress helped expose Baird to folk music at a young age, while she was taking piano lessons, teaching herself guitar, and listening to Smithsonian Folkways albums.
While a member of Espers In 2007, Baird released her first solo album, Dear Companion, on the Drag City record label. Baird's second solo album, Seasons on Earth, was released in 2011 and received favorable reviews from The Wire, Allmusic, Spin and NPR.
As a solo artist, she has toured with many noted fingerstyle guitarists, including Bert Jansch,James Blackshaw, Micah Blue Smaldone, Michael Chapman, Glenn Jones, Michael Hurley, and Jack Rose.
Style and influences:
Baird's vocal style has been compared to that of Fairport Convention's Sandy Denny and Pentangle's Jacqui McShee, Baird cited Celia Humphris of Trees as a member of the 1960s and 1970s British folk scene who is particularly influential upon her own music.
In 2014, Baird joined Heron Oblivion as lead vocalist and drummer. The supergroup includes Charles Saufley, Noel Van Harmonson (Comets on Fire), and Ethan Miller (Howlin Rain, Comets on Fire).
She also plays with sister Laura in The Baird Sisters and have released three full-length albums between 2003 and 2011. In 2013 The Baird Sisters joined Glenn Jones on My Garden State.
Between 2009 and 2012, Baird played drums for Philadelphia punk band Watery Love.