Jeremiah Birnbaum

Jeremiah Birnbaum

 
New York, New York, USA
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Soul-folk troubadour: John Prine meets Kris Kristofferson, by way of acoustic Bruce and Nick Drake. Plus a little Lucinda, too.

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Biography

About Miah:

An award-winning songwriter, New Jersey native, and nationally touring "rootsy, soulful troubadour" (Time Out, London) this folk-rock fingerpicker has been honored to play many great listening rooms and big stages across America both solo and with a band of friends. Miah has opened up for music legends including the late Levon Helm, has been featured at festivals including the Club Passim Campfire and CMJ, and has appeared on major radio stations coast to coast. 

A recent showcase at the 2014 NJ one-day NERFA conference led to an opening slot for Steve Forbert, as well a profile in SingOut! Magazine's website by the amazing Ron Olesko, a true folk legend. Of the showcase, Olesko wrote in part:

"As friends joined Jeremiah there was an exuberant feeling in the room... the feeling of joy and love was not a cliche but an honest expression that everyone was sharing. I witnessed this before during the days of Fast Folk Musical Magazine and the scene they created in Greenwich Village during the 1980s."

Please click this link to read the entire article: http://singout.org/2014/04/14/day-new-jersey-nerfa/  

Playing a unique brand of "raucous alt-country...with a touch of whiskey," (New York Magazine, Critic's Pick), Miah came up in the New York musical scene after a stint engineering and producing records in London. Miah is currently recording a full-band follow-up to 2012's acoustic debut, "Lucky," which charted nationally for over a year. The new album is being produced by Neale Eckstein (Vance Gilbert, Brother Sun). Miah's life and career during this time is also the subject of a feature-length documentary being made by a New York filmmaker, Mia Mikowicz

A multi-instrumentalist, Miah plays guitar, mandolin, bass, banjo, ukulele, lap steel and keys. Miah's played on or produced many record albums and has been featured on multiple soundtracks, most recently for the National Geographic Channel and the EPIX network.

Miah's music has been critically lauded and shows recommended by many publications, including Time Out, The Stranger, New York Magazine, the Village Voice, NuvoWeekly (Indianapolis), Illinois Entertainer, LI Pulse, Cincinnati CityBeat, PQ Monthly, and AM New York.

Miah plays on the East Coast most often when not touring; venues have included Brooklyn Bowl, Club Passim, Joe's Pub, Mercury Lounge, and Rockwood Music Hall, the CMJ Music Marathon, Huntington Folk Festival, and the Great South Bay Music Festival. Miah is endorsed by D'Addario Strings, and plays Guild guitars. 

HIGHLIGHTS:
- 2014 NERFA NJ Showcase Artist
- 2012 NERFA Golden Ticket Showcase
- Band of the Week:  New York Examiner
- Critics Pick:  New York Magazine
- PM New York Highlight:  AM New York
- Editors Pick:  Time Out New York
- Editors Choice:  Hidden Track
- Sold out Joe's Pub and named Staff Pick


Lyrics

Lend You A Hand

Written By: Jeremiah Birnbaum

Let me lend you a hand
Let me lend you a hand
If you're afraid, I'll help you stand
Let me lend you a hand

Let me ease your strain
Let me ease your strain
If you are weak, I'll take the pain
Let me ease your strain

You're the kind of a woman
You make me want to love easy
If I could stop time
I'd live forever this day
Find a garden we could go walk in
While the twilight is rising
I'll hold you till those colors fade away

I won't let you go
I won't let you go
Till you are sure
It's safe to let go
I won't let you go

You're the kind of a woman
You make me want to love easy
If I could stop time
I'd live forever this day
Find a garden we could go walk in
While the twilight is rising
I'll hold you till those colors fade away

Let me lend you a hand
Let me lend you a hand
If you're afraid, I'll help you stand
Let me lend you a hand

Good Ole Pink WIne

Written By: Jeremiah Birnbaum


Good ole pink wine never fails to bring me
far from where my heart feels any pain
Warm or cold, it always suits my nature
Makes all my little troubles melt away

Arbor Mist or Tickled Pink or Strawberry Hill
If I'm having company, I’ll pick me up a box o’ Franzia white zinfandel
It's the only drink for me
And it's so cheap it's almost free
My simple pleasure, my
Good Ole Pink Wine

Good ole pink wine
Good ole pink wine
My sweet elixir
Good Ole Pink Wine

Some former friends of mine have dirty vices
Lyin, stealin, cheatin gets them high
well I'll never understand
how they could hurt their fellow man
instead of sittin back with some good ole pink wine

Good ole pink wine
Good ole pink wine
My sweet elixir
Good Ole Pink Wine

When my day has beat me down to pieces
And I feel just like a child about to cry
There's a friend waiting for me
Down at the H.E.B.
To wash down any tears
Good Ole Pink Wine

Good ole pink wine
Good ole pink wine
My simple pleasure, my
Good Ole Pink Wine

Good ole pink wine
Good ole pink wine
My sweet elixir
Good Ole Pink Wine

Feb 22-24, 2013, Toronto ON
© Jeremiah Birnbaum
*Song prompt by Melody Rose Baker

Power of the Lord

Written By: Jeremiah Birnbaum

Who moves forth without a name?
Oh, the power of the Lord
Who casts sin and lifts all blame?
Oh, the power of the Lord
You been doubting down inside
Get smart quick, get that demon behind
Who builds prayer into a flame?
Oh, the power of the Lord

Who’s gonna take the blade off your throat?
Oh, the power of the Lord
Teach you faith in how to come so close?
Oh, the power of the Lord
You been doubting in your mind
Get smart quick, get that devil behind
Who’s gonna teach you bout the hands of mercy?
Oh, the power of the Lord

Oh, the power – the power of the Lord
Oh, the power of the Lord
Oh, the power – the power of the Lord
Oh, the power of the Lord

Who moves the stars above their secrets?
Oh, the power of the Lord
Who’s gonna show you the fire in Eden?
Oh, the power of the Lord
You’ve been doubting in your mind
Get smart quick, before you’re cast aside
Who’s gonna show you the truth you’re fightin
Oh, the power of the Lord

Oh, the power – the power of the Lord
Oh, the power of the Lord
Oh, the power – the power of the Lord
Oh, the power of the Lord

Who’s gonna show you the dime store prophet…
Preacherman tryin to start a riot…
Teach you love and how to keep it…
Everything you always been seekin…
Who’s gonna teach you bout the hands of mercy…
Who’s gonna teach you bout the hands of mercy…
Who’s gonna teach you bout the hands of mercy…

In the Violet Heather

Written By: Jeremiah Birnbaum

Will you sit with me, my love
In foul or fairer weather
Behind the dunes, behind the tide
In the violet heather?

I will wait for you my love
Where no one can hear
Aside those grassy hills of sand
I’ll wait for you my dear

Taste the salt upon our lips
Soft as evening dew
In this quiet piece of earth
No one here but me…and you?

Will you hold me true my love
Promise me forever?
Behind the dunes, behind the tide
In the violet heather

I will walk with you my love
As the sand shifts under our toes
Where the little birds jump over foam
When the waves hit soft…and slow

Will you come with me my love
Watch the sun sink to an ember?
Behind the dunes, behind the tide
In the violet heather

Will you sit with me, my love?
Will you hold me true, my love?
Will you come with me, my love?

J. Birnbaum – Dec 2010- April 15, 2013

Discography

"Lucky" streaming/purchase: www.jeremiahbirnbaum.bandcamp.com

"Don't Hurt No One No More", live on WFUV:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpZhofaKr9A

"She Said She Said" for Beatles Complete on Ukelele:
http://beatlescompleteonukulele.com/she-said-she-said-jeremiah-birnbaum/

The Ramblers, Getting There
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/theramblers1

The Ramblers (self-titled)
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ramblersnyc

Recent projects:

Life On Fire, Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes (engineer, guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals)
www.scottwolfson.com

The Water's Edge, Kara Kulpa (Mixing Supervisor, guitar, bass, lap steel, ukulele)
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/karakulpa2

Jukebox, Scott Stein (Co-producer, guitarist)
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/scottstein4

A False Sense of Warmth, Food Will Win The War (Guitar)
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/foodwillwinthewar

Set List

Average set is 35-55 mins. Set can be extended to 90 mins+ or split into two or more 45 min sets, to taste.

20-30 original songs in rotation. One or two new songs show up often. I like to cover my friends' songs, and honky-tonk, too. And I do love Kris Kristofferson.